Arthur Crooks (c.1892-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

CROOKS, ARTHUR. Private. No 29952. 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Golcar. Son of George and Alice Crooks, 25 Clay Well, Golcar. On Sunday, 23.12.1917, his body was found on the rocks of the shore at Tynemouth. An inquest was held on Monday 24.12.1917, at Tynemouth, when the evidence showed that Crooks was awaiting his discharge from the army, being unfit for active service. On Saturday night when the roll call was made he was found to be missing and on Sunday he was found dead on the sands with a cut in his throat. Doctor Wilkinson said Crooks had cut his throat from ear to ear with the blade of a safety razor but the cut was not deep and was not sufficient to cause death. The fall over the cliffs on to the sands had caused a fatal injury. The jury's verdict was that Crooks died from injuries caused by falling over the cliff whilst attempting to commit suicide by cutting his throat and that he was in an unsound state of mind. Crooks had previously been under treatment at the hospital. Buried GOLCAR BAPTIST CHAPEL YARD. Grave location:- SE, N, 16.
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar; Golcar Baptist Church.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission