On this day in 1917, Frederick Colin Crooke (1885-1917) died from tuberculosis during the Great War.
He served briefly in the Army Service Corps in the war before being diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis and discharged on October 16, 1914.
Frederick, who had served in the ASC since 1904, emigrated to Canada in 1912.
He returned to England to fight in the war just a month before he fell ill.
Frederick returned to Canada – and died there from tuberculosis aged 31 on April 4, 1917.
He was 18 when he enlisted in the ASC in January 1904 in Aldershot. He spent five years with them in South Africa, between 1906 and 1911.
Frederick applied to live in Canada in January 1912, while he was in the Army reserve.
He was a clerk in the No 2 Horse Transport Depot in Islington after he returned to England in 1914.
He had completed ten years and 278 days’ of service when he sailed back to Canada for the last time, for treatment at the Gravenhurst Sanitorium in Ontario.
Frederick was the son of Henry Crook (1854-1927) and Emily Heyluer (1856- 1943). Henry was the son of Richard Crook (1810-1883) and Charity Roberts (1818-1883). Charity was the daughter of William Roberts (1779-1848) and Sarah Treble (1784-1861). William was the son of William Roberts (1738-), my great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
Born on June 15, 1885 in Berry Pomeroy, Frederick left Southampton on March 7, 1912 aboard the SS Ausonia and arrived in Portland, Maine in America on March 19, settling in Toronto. He married Amy Clayton (1891-) on March 1, 1913 in York, Ontario. He was mobilised to return to the ASC on September 2, 1914.