Charles was born at St Arnaud, VIC in 1896 to Francis Harbottle Crook - whose father was James Elijah Crook(5) - and Hannah Eliza McCausland. Charles had three brothers, Francis, Cecil and James, who are also remembered in the Avenue. There was a sister, Ida, who wished to serve as a nurse(9).
Charles was a bank clerk with the National Bank of Australia and gave his address as the 8). Charles embarked aboard the HMAT A43 Barunga in December.
Charles disembarked in Egypt early in 1915 and spent some time in hospital with adenitis (cervical) in April before embarking for Gallipoli in late July(7) - he may have been a trumpeter at this time(10). In August he was admitted to hospital with diarrhoea and then evacuated back to Lemnos, Greece then England - dysentery. Whilst at the Convalescent Home(6), Woodcote Park, Epsom, Surrey in December he saw one of the Zeppelin raids(4). Discharged from hospital in March 1916 he rejoined his unit in Egypt in May but shortly after embarked from Alexandria - disembarking at Marseilles, France in the middle of June.
In July 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd ANZAC Mounted Regiment. In September Charles was detached for duty with the CRE, Armentieres, France, for two months. In January 1918 he was granted two weeks leave in England - during which time he married Edith Barnes. He then rejoined his unit in France. In September he was detached to the 4th British Division and a month later he marched out for return to Australia. However he was granted 75 days leave in lieu of returning to Australia and embarked aboard the Osterley in January 1919 - with his wife. Charles returned to Australia in late February and was discharged from the AIF in April.
Charles Crook died at Cobden, VIC, in 1973, aged 76.
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