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Entry for Lieutenant Charles Crooke
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Charles Croydon Crooke was born on 13 June 1898 in Bromsgrove. Charles lived with his father, Charles Gibbins Crooke, a pharmacist, and his mother Florence on Coleshill High Street. Lieutenant Crooke was enlisted into the Labour Corps and died on 22 November 1918 in Ipswich, eleven days after the armistice. He is buried in Coleshill Cemetery.
Death of Lieutenant Crooke, An "Old Boy" of Coleshill Grammar School. It is with deep regret that we have to record the death in Ipswich Military Hospital, from pneumonia, of Lieut. Charles Croydon Crooke, of the Labour Corps., only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Crooke, of High Street, Coleshill. The attack was serious when it came on about three weeks ago, and necessitated his removal to the Military Hospital. His parents were advised, and Mrs. Crooke made the journey, but a decided improvement took place, and Mrs. Crooke returned home a fortnight ago with the hope her son was on the way to recovery. On Thursday of last week, however, he had a serious relapse, and death took place on Friday. This promising young officer was only 20 years of age. He joined the ranks of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in January 1915, gained his commission in March, 1917, and was appointed to a Labour Corps. He had recently been recommended for promotion, and was waiting for it to be gazetted before coming home on leave when his illness came on. Lieutenant Crooke was educated at Coleshill Grammar School, and joined H.M. Forces immediately on completion of his education. He was a fine all-round sportsman, and was always a prominent competitor and prize winner at the School Annual Sports. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their bereavement. The following letter from his Captain was sent to Mr. and Mrs. Crooke:- "Ipswich 24th Nov., 1918. "I cannot tell you how grieved we are at the sad ending of your son's illness. It seems so particularly pathetic after the way he was recovering so well, indeed, the hospital had informed me that he would be leaving there in a few days, and would be going on leave when stronger: and I was very much upset to hear he had a relapse. He is missed so much in the office, where everyone liked him, and where he had always been so helpful to me. He was clever and capable, and when I was away for a week in September took full charge of the company, numbering over 800 men. I must not expect to get another officer like him. P.S. - His promotion is not through; it takes so long over these things." The funeral took place at Coleshill, on Thursday afternoon. Coleshill Chronicle, Saturday, November 30, 1918
Lieutenant Crooke is also remembered on the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial in The Coleshill School.