Private Ernest George Crook

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research. Thank you to the Crook family for the personal memories.

Ernest George Crook Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Ernest George Crook was born on the 31st of March 1898 in Horsham, Sussex to baker Joseph William and Harriet Elizabeth nee Hollingsworth.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Marlborough Road, Shoreditch, London. Joseph Crock was working as a journey man and baker and Harriet Elizabeth was looking after their daughter Minnie Emma Crock.

Ernest George Crook 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 7 Queen Street, Horsham, Sussex. Joseph Crook was working as a baker and confectioner and Harriet was looking after their children: Minnie; William; Ernest and Archibald.

William George Lucas School Admission Register 1902 © findmypast.co.uk
Ernest George Crook 1906 School Admissions Register © findmypast.co.uk

Ernest attended Mannings Heath School, Horsham and then joined Lower Beeding Church of England School in Horsham on the 2nd of April 1906. At the time of the admission, the family lived in Plummers Plain, Horsham. On the 3rd of November 1908, Ernest  was admitted into Pyecombe Church of England School in Sussex, the family were living in the same village. He left the school on the 29th August 1912.

Ernest George Crook 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 7 Church Cottages, Pyecombe. Joseph was working as a baker and Harriet was looking after their children: Ernest; Archibald and Donald. The cottage had four rooms. Harried stated that she had given birth to five children.

Ernest and his brothers left the parish on the 6th of July 1915.

Ernest Crook enlisted in Hove, into the 4th Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was a Private with regimental numbers: 3859 and TF/201282.

Ernest George Crook Panel Listing Jerusalem Memorial © CWGC.org
Ernest George Crook Jerusalem Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

Ernest was killed in an action on the 26th of March 1917 in Egypt, and was commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Palestine, now Israel, on panels 25 and 26.

Ernest George Crook British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Rolls © ancestry.co.uk
Ernest George Crook Medal Rolls Index Card © ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Ernest George Crook Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Ernest’s father Joseph Crook received £7, 12s and 2d on the 8th of October 1918 and a further £5 on the 4th of November 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

The 1918 Surrey, England, Electoral Register reads that Joseph William Crook and Harriet Elizabeth Crook lived at Capel Street, Reigate, Surrey.

Crook Family History

Ernest’s father Joseph William was born in the 3rd quarter of 1866 in Kilsby (Northamptonshire), Warwickshire to farm labourer William, born about 1820 and Ann, born about 1825, both in Kilsby.

Ernest’s mother Harriet Elizabeth Hollingsworth was born in the 2nd quarter of 1860 in St George in the East, Middlesex to labourer John  born about 1828 in Tottenham, Middlesex and Mary, born about 1831 in Brentwood, Essex. At the time of the 1881 Census, Harriet was a housemaid of ship owner and merchant George Traill at 24 Highbury Grove, Islington, London. Joseph and Harriet married in the 3rd quarter of 1888 in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Ernest had four siblings: Minnie Emma born in the 1st quarter of 1890 in Hackney, William John born about 1892 in New Cross, London; Archibald Joseph born in the 2nd quarter of 1900 in Alfold, Sussex and Donald Edward born in the 2nd quarter of 1902 in Horsham, Sussex.

The 1925 Surrey, England, Electoral Register reads that Joseph, Harriet and their sons Donald and Archibald lived at Hope Cottages, Capel Street, Reigate, Surrey.

Joseph William Crook died in 1931 in Reigate.

The Crook Family from left: Marie, David, Seath, Lionel, Barry, Jane, Jacob, Caitlin, Holly, Tilly, Emily, Grace, Daniel, Oliver and IIse

On Sunday 11th November 2018, the descendants of Ernest Crook met to remember their great-uncle.

David Crook (great nephew of Ernest) wrote to us:

“My mother Marie asked if I could send you a few words regarding the commemorative lunch we held on Ernest’s behalf, on the 100 year anniversary of Armistice.

The background to the day was that my three brothers (Lionel, Barry & Donald) & myself (David) inherited Ernest’s war medals and documentation, as a result of the sad passing of a close family member, Aunt Nancy (Ernest’s niece).

All four brothers were unanimous in the view that the medals and documentation should be kept together and should be bequeathed to Jacob (my son) as the eldest of the next generation.

From left David, Lionel Barry, Jacob, Daniel and Oliver

We therefore arranged a lunch for Sunday 11/11/18, where my brother Lionel would present the medals to Jacob, which he had got framed in a presentation case.  My mother said a few words explaining to her grandchildren how closely related they were to Ernest (in three easy steps), and highlighting how young he was at the time (younger than many of them).

All in all, it was a very moving and memorable occasion and made all the more special by the fact that whole family made a great effort to attend from all over the country (15 of us in total).

Only my brother Donald and his partner Marianne were unfortunately unable to attend as they live abroad. Donald is named after Ernest’s younger brother. Donald was the first member of the family to research Ernest, which he did for their Aunt Nancy.”

Born Horsham, Sussex
Son of Joseph William and Harriet Elizabeth Crock/Crook (nee Hollingsworth)
Enlisted Hove, Sussex
Regiment 4th Battalion. Royal Sussex Regiment
Number 3859
Date of Death 26th March 1917
Place of Death Egypt
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 18
Memorial Jerusalem Memorial, Israel