Ernest Howard Crook

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 3rd
Rank / Service No: Private, 28033
Died: 25th May 1918, aged 27 years
Buried: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 2, France (Plot II, Row B, Grave 26)

 

Ernest was the second of 5 known siblings born to Frederick and Alice Mary Crook (nee Smith), who married in Southampton in 1884.

The couple had a total of 11 children, but 6 of them must have died in infancy.

 

Frederick was born in Southampton in 1863 and he died in the city in 1924. Alice was born in Wanstead in 1865, and she passed away in the city in 1916.

The family lived at 39 Richmond Road in Freemantle.

 

Siblings

George Frederick David   b. 1885 Southampton   d. 1954 Hastings   Married Annie Norah Ryan in Richmond in 1910.

Ernest Howard 

May Fanny   b. 1891 Southsea   d. 1963 Gosport   Married Reginald H. Foster in Portsmouth in 1921.

Fred   b. 14 July 1893 Southampton   d. 1965 New Forest   Married Edith G. White in Southampton in 1923.

William George   b. 12 October 1899 Southampton   d. 1990 New Forest   Married Olive S. Doling in Southampton in 1927.

 

The 3rd Grenadiers were in Wellington Barracks, London at the outbreak of war. They landed at Le Havre on 27 July 1915 and, by 19 August, were under the command of the 2nd Guards Brigade in the Guards Division.

The Guards were not involved in any specific battles in May 1918, so Ernest probably died during trench skirmishes.

 

In March / April 1918 the German advance and the desperate fighting on the front around Doullens threw a severe strain on the Canadian Stationary Hospital based near the town.

Extension #1 was filled quickly in the cemetery and a second extension was begun on the opposite side of the cemetery.

 

Extension #2 contains 374 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016
Updated:

 

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