Cecil James Crook

First Name: 
Cecil
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Crook
Date of Birth: 
Friday, September 29, 1899
Mother's Name: 
Ellen (nee Spain)
Father's Name: 
John Crook
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, November 10, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Unit: 
19th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, October 4, 1918
Place of Death: 
Peronne France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Cecil James Crook (Service No 4562) was born in Adamstown, Newcastle. When Cecil enlisted in the AIF on 10 November, 1915, he was living at Kembla Heights, near Wollongong. He was 18 years old and a clipper by trade.

Cecil left Australia on the HMAT A71Nestor on 9 April, 1916 as part of the 19th Battalion, 11th Reinforcements. In October, 1918, while serving in France, Cecil received a a gunshot wound to his should which penetrated his chest, and was admitted to the 58th Casualty Clearing Station in a collapsed condition and subsequently died from his wounds.

Cecil is buried at Tincourt New British Military Cemetery, Peronne, France, Plot 6, Row F, Grave 12.

At some point during the war, Cecil married, & subsequently changed his official next of kin from his mother, Ellen, to his wife, Annie, who also received his medals & composed his epitaph, which mentions a son, Cecil.

Official records indicate he suffered from epilepsy.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455; CROOK C J; Cecil James

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