Sunday 23 September 2012

Corporal Hugh Dewey Crooks

Born on 24 December 1892 in Oxford County, Ontario - son of Robert Crooks, Capital Sac. [???] - at time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as steamfitter, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, hazel eyes, black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 10 May 1915 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 June 1915 (number 410067) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - buried in Regina Trench Cemetery (grave V.D.17), France.

(Updated with an image of Cpl Crooks' headstone in Regina Trench Cemetery that I took in August 2012).
(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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