1. Memorial:Tyne Cot MemorialPanel 31 to 34
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.120
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour14B GQS
4. Memorial:Liverpool Masonic Hall War MemorialCol 1. Hope St.

Awards & Titles:

Queen's South Africa Medal & five clasps
Queen's Sudan Medal
King's South African Campaign Medal with 1901&2 clasps
Khedive's Sudan Medal (1896-1908) with clasp
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Early Life :

The majority of this legend is courtesy of Geoff Cuthill of the Province of West Lancashire, to whom the project is grateful.

Harry (Henry) was born in Sheffield about November 1873. Describing himself as Henry Crook, 22 year and 2 month of age, a ‘barman’ born in Sheffield, he attested, at Burnley, to the Grenadier Guards on 11 November 1895. Standing 5 foot 10 inch, weighing 154 pound he had a maximum extended chest at 38 inch, of fresh complexion with grey eyes and brown hair. It further adds he had a small brown stain on right side, and his religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards and numbered 5555.

He served in the United Kingdom from 11th November, 1895 until 15th July, 1898, having passed the 2nd Class certificate of education on 13th March, 1896. He was posted to Egypt from 16th July, 1898 until 5 October 1898. This was as part of the Nile Expedition of that year. He was awarded the Queen’s Sudan Medal and the Khedive’s Sudan Medal with a clasp for Khartoum. His service in this area amounted to 82 days.

Back in the ‘home theatre from 6 October 1898 for 352 days, his next posting is at Gibraltar from 23 September 1899 where he stays for just 33 days. This is a stopping point for South Africa where he spends 2 year and 346 days, his record shows this as 26 October 1899 until 6 October 1902. He was involved in conflict throughout his time there and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with five clasps: Belmont, Modder River, Diamond Hill, Belfast and Orange Free State. He was then awarded with the King’s South Africa Medal with two Clasps, South Africa 01 and South Africa 02.

He returned to the home theatre from 7th October, 1902, and on 1 November 1902 he marries Alice Kate Fifield at the Registry Office in Kensington London. He was transferred to 1st Class A Reserve on 11 November 1902, final discharge from Reserve being on 10 November 1907, on completing twelve years with the Colours. His army record sheet gives his next of kin as his two brothers, Joseph and Charles of 262 Birley Road, Sheffield

His wife, Alice Kate Fifield had been born in Chichester, Sussex in 1878, and after her marriage to Harry, now a ‘reservist’ the couple look to have moved to Dewsbury, Yorkshire. It was here that Albert Crook, the son of Harry and Alice Kate Crook, was baptised on 3 February 1904, and Ethel Crook was baptised on 30 August 1905, both at Holy Trinity Church Batley Carr, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Harry is described as a Police Constable, the family resident at 5 David Lane. It is possible that Ethel died at Dewsbury in 1907.

An Edith Crook was baptised on 11th November, 1908 at St Leonards C of E Church, Bootle, and birth put as 28 October 1908. Father given as Harry Crook, head barman and mother as Florence Crook, the family residence being Rimrose Road, Bootle. Mothers previous name given on birth certificate is Wisher, and no other births can be found for the couple. This is believed to be Florence Ann Wisher born in Dewsbury on 4th November, 1885. No census return for 1911 has been located for Alice Kate Crook, or the two children

In the 1911 census it shows Harry Crook, age given as 34 years, a hotel manager of 78 Wellington Road (The Railway Inn) who was born in Sheffield. It gives a wife, Florence, aged 26 born in Dewsbury, and it says they had been married four years. Also present was Edith Crook a two and a half years old daughter born in Liverpool, and a nurse Hannah Bridges, born Liverpool, aged 13 years. No records have been located for this marriage.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 17th Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 

17th (Service) Battalion (1st City) Formed in Liverpool on 29 August 1914 by Lord Derby, in the old watch factory at Prescot. 30 April 1915 : attached to 89th Brigade, 30th Division. Landed at Boulogne on 7 November 1915. 14 May 1918 : reduced to cadre strength. 16 June 1918 : attached to 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division. 30 June 1918 : returned to England with 75th Brigade, 25th Division. 9 September 1918 : Brigade retitled 236th Brigade. 11 October 1918 : sailed from Glasgow for service in North Russia. Remained there until September 1919.

Action : The Battles of the Lys 

9 April - 29 April 1918. As the first phase of the great German campaign of 1918 lost momentum and failed in its objective to split the British and French armies, subsidiary attacks were shift the balance of the attack and to seek opportunities to exploit other sectors. On the Lys the Germans initially enjoyed spectacular success against a Portuguese Division but the gap was soon plugged and the advance halted.

Detail :

Luckily Harry’s attestation form when he signed up for service on 16 January 1915 at Liverpool still exists but raises as many questions as it gives answers. It shows he joined the Army Service Corps and was given the number S2/SR/02366. It was filled in originally as Henry Crook, by the army clerk, but the Henry’s are crossed through and overwritten with Harry, and that is how Harry signed the form. It has the address as 71 Wellington Road but the on the reverse sheet it is 78 Wellington Road, and it also shows Harry had previously served with the Grenadier Guards. He is described as being a clerk who is 41 years and 70 days of age, which means he must have been born about 7 November 1873.These surviving army papers show him marrying an Alice Fifield at Kensington Registry Office, London on 1 November 1902, and a child born 28 October 1908 in Liverpool, called Edith.

Though attesting as a Private he was promoted to Corporal the same day, arriving to join his unit at Aldershot four days later, on the 20th. Obviously due to his previous military experience he was again promoted on the 29th to Sergeant and joined 48 Depot Supply Unit on the 6 February 1915. Promotions happened while the ink was still drying on the previous one, becoming staff sergeant on the 8th February, Staff Quarter Master Sergeant on the 12th, and Staff Sergeant Major on the 27th, all in the space of forty three days.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and sent to the Liverpool Regiment, 20th Battalion. The last mention for Harry in the war diary of the 20th Battalion is on 12 January 1918 when he is designated as the Orderly Officer looking after the rear of the column as it marches as a Battalion from Longueau, on the outskirts of Amiens, through Domart, Hangard, Marcelcave to Bayonvillers. On 1 February 1918 orders were received that the 20th Battalion was to be disbanded and dispersed between the 17, 18, and 19th Battalions and Harry became part of the draft of 12 Officers and 250 other ranks sent to the 17th Bn. The King’s Liverpool Regiment (1st City Battalion, Liverpool Pals) at Fargnier on 6 February 1918.

Harry is first mentioned in the 17th Battalion diary for 19 April 1918, Harry was out patrolling, when he was seriously injured at the front line, outside the small town of Bailleul, which is south-east of St Jans Cappel. Patrols were sent out continuously at that period, by both sides, trying to probe each other’s defences, and vigorously patrolling the forward defences, and this subsequently led to many losses amongst junior officers and men. The constant artillery bombardments by both sides helped add to the tally of dead and injured. The battalion diary for 18 April shows they are bivouacked on the side of the Westoutre to Mont Kokereel as the Corps Reserve. At 8.00 am the battalion proceeded to the front line south east of St Jans Cappell as relief for a unit of the 101st Infantry Brigade. The Battalion Headquarters being accommodated in a chateau.

On the 19th April in the front line the patrolling was vigorous - 2nd Lieut R Gill M.C. & M.M. proceeded on patrol with five ‘other ranks’ - and enemy party was met, shots were exchanged. 2 Lieut Gill was hit in the head and fell into a ditch, the remainder of his party returned at 4.10 am to our lines, a further party of 8 other ranks led by 2nd Lieut Crook was fired upon from a distance of ten yards. 2nd Lieut Crook was badly wounded also one other ranks. Efforts to save them proved futile owing to the intensity of enemy fire.

Harry, although fighting to stay alive, finally succumbed to his wounds on Saturday, 20 April, 1918. He was buried nearby, but his grave, like many others, was later lost due to the very nature of the fighting, and he is commemorated with many of his comrades on the screen wall at the back of Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium.

Harry’s medal index card shows him as Henry Cook, S.S.M. in the Army Service Corps as S2/SR/ 02366 arriving in France 30 July 1915 and later being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Liverpool Regiment. He was awarded the 1915 Star for his service with the A.S.C., and the British War Medal and Victory Medal with the Liverpool Regiment. These were to be sent to his widow Mrs H Crook at 69 Goswell Street, Wavertree. (Florence Crook is found on the electoral register from 1918 at this address unto 1937) It also reports him as missing, died 20/4/18, which confirms and validates other information.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Everton No. 823 E.C.West Lancashire

16th July 1913
20th August 1913
17th September 1913

Harry Crook was initiated into Everton Lodge No 823 on 16 July 1913, a licensed victualler residing 78 Wellington Road, age 38 years. This would be The Railway Inn, pictured below, circa 1885, but later badly damaged through enemy bombing in WW2. He was passed to the second or fellow craft degree on 20 August and raised as a master mason in the third degree on 17th September, with his Grand Lodge Certificate issued on 8 October 1913.

Source :

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