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Hilton George CROOKS

Regimental number2932
Place of birthLatrobe Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBurnie, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, George Wm Crooks, Wynyard, Tasmania
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Jeancourt on 18 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Hobart Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the operations east of JEANCOURT on the morning of 18th September, 1918, Corporal CROOKS displayed great bravery, dash and leadership in the face of heavy machine gun fire. The advance was being hampered by some troublesome machine guns and Corporal CROOKS led a few men up on a flank and courageously rushed 3 machine guns from the flank and killed the crew of 1 and captured the other 2, thus allowing the advance to continue.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death21 August 1991

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