William Henry CROOK

Regimental number517
Place of birthAlexandria New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoot clicker
Address34 Caroline Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Crook, Caroline Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919

Military Medal

'On September 20th, 1917, during operations near WESTHOEK, this N.C.O. moved forward with his Stokes Mortar. The Sergeant in charge of the two guns forward, who was acting as an Officer was hit, this N.C.O. took charge of both guns and carried out throughout the operations, getting both guns and his supplies of ammunition into position under heavy shell fire. He went out alone and personally shot an enemy sniper who had been responsible for many casualties amongst our men. His conduct throughout was excellent, setting a fine example by his coolness and cheerfulness under heavy shell and machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918