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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Batt Trentham Regiment, 3rd New Zealand Infantry Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/11/1893
Died: 08/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
William John Crooks was born 5th November 1893. He was the son of James Crooks (formerly of Ballybriest, Cookstown) and Louise Sheldon, Barrow-in Furness, England. As a young man, William immigrated to New Zealand and lived there with his aunt and uncle Jane Crooks and Crooks Mitchell at Northbrook Road, Rangiora, and brother of Annie (Crooks) of Black Grouse Lodge, Ballybriest, Cookstown. At age 22 he enlisted at Rangiora in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, joining D company 1st Battalion Trentham Regiment. He was promoted to Lance-Corporal on 8th September 1915. He was described in regimental records as 5 6 in height.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial
  Mesen, West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref:
CWGC Casualty 1737774
The Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing is situated within Messines Ridge British Cemetery, which is located 9.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre on the Nieuwkerkestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg, N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Clagan Presbyterian Church Roll Of Honour Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph World War I - Panel 1 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 208
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1 New Zealand War Records Cenotaph record for William John Crooks
2 Private David Crooks Mitchell Also lived at Northbrook Road, Rangiora, New Zealand