CROOK, JAMES GREGSON 117077 Private 18th Company


Born Leyland  Enlisted Chorley  Living Leyland

Died  United Kingdom  3rd November 1917

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 79.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 17th November 1917

Pte James Gregson Crook, R.A.M.C., whose home is in Towngate, Leyland, has died in hospital following an operation. He joined up in June last and previous to this was employed at the Leyland Bleach and Dye Works (an identical report appears in the Preston Guardian of the same date).

James Gregson Crook’s name is on the:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

James Gregson Crook is buried in the:-

Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, U.K.

Grave Ref: Plot XIII  Row F  Grave 16a.  No next-of-kin information.

The cemetery is located 3 miles west of Woking, ½ mile north of Pirbright and east of the A324 road. There is pedestrian access from Brookwood Railway Station which runs east-west along the northern edge of the cemetery. This is a privately owned cemetery which was opened in 1854 and has almost ¼ million people buried there: it is now the largest burial ground in the United Kingdom.

Note:- James Gregson Crook’s name appears on the Leyland War Memorial as CROOK, T. In conversation with a relative, the late Mr William Gregson of South View Terrace, he told me that James Gregson Crook had gone into hospital for a double hernia operation and had died under the anaesthetic. Also, that he lived on Hackforth Fold – the short row of cottages between Nos 31 and 33 Towngate – and that his name was on the War Memorial: this seems to prove that ‘Crook, T’ is an error for ‘Crook, J’.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register

26th May 1876 Bapt: James Gregson son of Matthew and Elizabeth Crook. (This makes him 41 years of age when he died in 1917).

Crook, James Gregson. WE Waring 2003