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19446   Corporal Charles Edward Crooks
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Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/09/1896
Died: 16/04/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Summary      
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.
Corporal Charles Edward Crooks
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Charles Crooks was the youngest son of John and Esther Crooks. John Crooks married Esther Crooks on 11th December 1874 in the district of Cookstown.
Charles Edward Crooks was born in Moneymore on 22nd September 1896. He was one of fourteen children, twelve surviving.
The family moved to Antrim around 1898.
Family: John Crooks, Esther Crooks, George Crooks (born about 1876), John Crooks (born 13th December 1878), Mary Crooks (born 17th October 1882), Esther Crooks (born 3rd December 1884), Margaret Crooks (born 6th June 1886), Robert Crooks (born 16th April 1888), Samuel James Crooks (born 16th March 1890), Sarah Crooks (born 27th June 1892), Cecil Crooks (born 17th June 1894), Edward Charles Crooks (born 22nd September 1896), Gertrude Crooks (born 18th May 1899), Blanche Crooks (born 29th January 1902).
The 1901 census lists Charles Edward as age 4, living with the family at house 72 in Shanoguestown, County Antrim. John Crooks was a hoist man.
The 1911 census lists Charles Edward as age 14, living with the family at house 69 in Muckamore Town, County Antrim. Charles had left school and was working as a cotton folder. His father was a linen worker.
Following the start of the war Charles Crooks enlisted in Antrim. He was living 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 12th Battalion lost three men on the 16th April 1918 and none of them have a known grave.
Last will and testament of Corporal Charles Edward Crooks (two versions)
In the event of my death, I leave the whole of my property and effects to my father, Mr John Crooks, 61 Muckamore, County Antrim
Corporal Charles Crooks has no known grave and is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
The CWGC record Corporal Charles Edward Crooks as the son of John Crooks of 61 Mill View, Muckamore, County Antrim.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moneymore Moneymore Born in Moneymore area 54.693653 -6.669850
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1 1901 Census lists Crooks family 1901 census lists Charles Edward as age 4, living with the family at house 72 in Shanoguestown, Antrim Rural
2 1911 Census lists Crooks family 1911 census lists Charles Edward as age 14, living with the family at house 69 in Muckamore Town, Antrim Rural
3 Facebook Photo of Corporal Charles Edward Crooks
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Corporal Charles Edward Crooks
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here