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James HOOK

Regimental number2082
Place of birthArarat, Victoria
SchoolTully State School, Queensland
OccupationCommission agent
AddressAntwerp, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.25"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Susannah Hook, Antwerp via Dimboola, Victoria
Enlistment date31 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 July 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death31
Place of burialDochy Farm New British Cemetery (Plot XI, Row A, Grave No. 15), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Fanny HOOK; husband of Mrs S. HOOK, Church Street, Dimboola, Victoria. Native of Armstrong

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action East of YPRES on 4th October 1917. This N.C.O. single handed rushed an enemy Machine gun position, killing two of its crew with the bayonet and capturing the gun. later, he entered by himself a German dugout and captured ten prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916, and marched in to 10th Training Bn.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 December 1916.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 21 December 1916; reverted to Private, 14 January 1917.

Taken on strength, 37th Bn, in the field, 15 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 August 1917.

Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 6 September 1917 (influenza); discharged to unit, 11 September 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 September 1917.

Reported missing, 12 October 1917; then, 11 February 1918, posted as 'Killed in Action, 12 October 1917.'

Buried in isolated grave, by Pillbox 18, 1.25 miles WSW of Passchendaele, 5.5 miles NE of Ypres. Grave subsequently relocated to Dochy Farm New British Cemetery.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1360811, 6030 Lance Corporal C.H. HUME, 37th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 8 May 1919: 'Hook and I went into the stunt at Passchendaele on the evening of 11.10.17. (11th Oct. 17)[;] we hopped off on morning of 12.10.17. I returned to camp near Ypres about the 14.10.17. and Hook did not return with us. Some of the chaps who saw him killed told me about it.'

Second statement, 2120 Pte F. MARTYN, 37th/43rd Bn (patient, 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen), 10 October 1918: 'I knew Jim Hook well. We were in the same plat. No. XIII ... I saw him killed outright by a shell at Passchendaele one morning in November last. He was in charge of a fatigue party at the time. Others were wounded by the same shell and I helped to take them away. I do not know exactly where Hook was buried but the ground where he fell remains in our possession.'

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOOK James
Red Cross File No 1360811

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