Charles Crooks was the youngest son of John and Esther Crooks. He was born in Moneymore on 22nd September 1896. He was one of fourteen children, twelve surviving. The family moved to Antrim around 1898. By 1911, Charles had left school and was working as a cotton folder. His father was a linen worker. They lived in Muckamore. Corporal Charles Edward Crooks was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Tuesday 16th April 1918 in Belgium.
The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The names of those from United Kingdom units are inscribed on Panels arranged by Regiment under their respective Ranks. The names of those from New Zealand units are inscribed on panels within the New Zealand Memorial Apse located at the centre of the Memorial.