Māori › Samuel Alfred Crook Born 26 July 1903 PDF Key details Service numberWWII 500327 AWMM Also known as Armed force / branchArmy AWMM Last rank WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Enquire Lay a poppy Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesSamuel Alfred AWMM SurnameCrook AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberWWII 500327 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Birth26 July 1903 AWMM England, United Kingdom AWMM Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Address before enlistmentWW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 68 Dacre St., Linwood, Christchurch AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin on embarkationWW2 Mrs. E.F. Crook, 68 Dacre St., Linwood, Christchurch (w) AWMM Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaign Armed force / branchArmy AWMM Service numberWWII 500327 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Military decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsMilitary Medal (MM) AWMM 18 October 1945 AWMM The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Crook, Samuel Alfred. (Ref. WO 373/14/280). Military Medal. AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Branch Trade Proficiency EnlistmentWW2 Joiner/Military AWMM Occupation before enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Corporal/Military AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date Liberation Repatriation POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rank Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Corporal S. A. Crook, MM; Christchurch; born England, 26 Jul 1903; joiner. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.699.)'The building party from No. 1 Platoon had the earthworks ready by 1 a.m. in spite of heavy harassing fire which Sergeant Berridge, in charge of the job, did not allow to interfere with progress. There was some delay while waiting for a replacement for a truck that an unlucky shall had wrecked, killing the driver and wounding two others. Shelling in the area was heavy at the time and there was some confusion in the RASC bridge train, but Berridge got control and soon had the components moving again. He worked with his team and held them together through a rather bad time until the bridge was finished at 4 a.m. on the 15th with one NZ casualty. For this and previous displays of courage and coolness Sergeant Berridge was awarded an MM.On 9 Brigade's front 6 Field Company had many delays from enemy harassing fire and No. 2 Platoon (Lieutenant Erickson) did not finish the job until 5 a.m. To ensure that there is no delay in the actual building of a bridge, it is of the utmost importance that the components be laid out in the proper order and sequence. In this case the laying-out area was on top of the bank. The bridging party itself was comparatively safe in the stream bed under the shelter of the stopbanks, but Corporal Crook's assignment was to stay with the components and have them ready on demand. This he did under fire that became heavy at times; he also later received an MM.' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p. 699.) AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Death Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of death Death notes Cemetery Cemetery name Grave reference Obituary Memorial name Memorial reference Memorials Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Roll of Honour Remember Samuel Alfred Crook by laying a poppy. Ronald Clarence Crook Ronald Dempsey Crook Samuel Alfred Crook Sydney Thomas Crook Thomas Walter Crook Lay a poppy for 2021 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Samuel Alfred Crook Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External links'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 18 October 1945, p.5102.). Military Medal. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37310/supplements/5102 Further Reference The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Crook, Samuel Alfred. (Ref. WO 373/14/280). Military Medal. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7355717 Further Reference DocumentsCody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM p.699. AWMM Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM p.31 AWMM The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. 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