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Samuel Alfred Crook


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    Samuel Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Crook AWMM
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    WWII 500327 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
    26 July 1903 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
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  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 68 Dacre St., Linwood, Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
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    WW2 Mrs. E.F. Crook, 68 Dacre St., Linwood, Christchurch (w) AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 500327 AWMM
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    WW2 Joiner/Military AWMM
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  • 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
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  • References
    • Cody, 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

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