CROOK, EDWIN 32349 Corporal 1st Battalion ‘C’ Coy 1st Brigade 1st Division

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Born Leyland  Enlisted and Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  17th October 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 16th November 1918

Information has been received from the War Office by Mrs R. Crook, 32 Union Street, Leyland of the death in action on October 17th, 1918 in France, of their son Pte Edwin Crook, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Pte Crook, who joined up on November 27th, 1916, was 31 years of age. He was a popular member of the Leyland Cricket Club keeping wicket for the team, and his death is deeply regretted. He was a worshipper at Leyland Parish Church and had been a bellringer for a good number of years.

He was employed at the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Works prior to joining up.

Preston Guardian 16th November 1918

A report appears as in the ‘Guardian’ above, but the address is given as 36 Union Street.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine November 1918

“We have since heard of the death of Edwin Crook, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment: he will be much missed among our ringers.”

Ditto December 1918

“A Memorial Service was held on Thursday evening Nov. 21st, for three men – these included Edwin Crook who was killed in action on October 17th. – ‘Edwin Crook was one of our ringers.’”

Edwin Crook’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Edwin Crook is buried in the:-

BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot IV Row D Grave 16. Son of Richard and Mary Crook, 36 Union Street, Leyland. Age 31. Busigny is a village about 10 km south-west of Le Cateau and 24 km south-east of St. Quentin.

Chorley Parliamentary Division – Registers of Electors, 1918

Leyland – St. Andrew’s Ward Division II

36 Union Street   Crook, Edwin   Naval / Military Vote

Note 1:- Edwin Crook was killed in action during the ‘Final Advance in Picardy,’ which, together with the battles and actions in Flanders and Artois, culminated in the Armistice on November the 11th.

Note 2:- The 1st Division was fighting in the ‘Battle of the Selle’ 17th to 25th October, 1918: it was on the first day of this battle that Edwin Crook lost his life.

Note 3:- We have two addresses in the above: 32 and 36 Union Street. After the re-numbering of Leyland, 1936-39, the present day numbers are 50 and 42 Fox Lane respectively: before the re-numbering, Union Street was numbered consecutively.

Crook, Edwin. WE Waring 2003