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Bacchus Marsh
Avenue of Honour

Lance Corporal Charles Ernest Crook

Service No.:
II ANZAC (XXII Corps) Mounted Regiment(3)
Tree No.:
Planted by:
Mrs A G Crisp
Image of plaque on tree S072 for Charles Crook
See Notes (1) (2) (3)
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal
Image of Charles Crook
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Courtesy of
Alan West
Son of Charles West MM

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.

Charles was a bank clerk with the National Bank of Australia and gave his address as the Manor House, Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 1st Reinforcements, 4th Light Horse Regiment on the 15th of September 1914 at Maffra, VIC, aged 18. He had previously served two years in the Senior Cadets. Charles embarked aboard the HMAT A43 Barunga in December.

Image of Charles Crook
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Courtesy of
National Library of Australia.
Record of war service
of bank and staff 1914-1919
National Bank of Australasia Limited.

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. 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.

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Charles, Francis, James, Cecil
Courtesy of
Alan West
Son of
Charles West MM

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.

He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour, the Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honor, the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour and the Bacchus Marsh Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour.


  1. Service No. should be 609
  2. He was more correctly a Lance Corporal
  3. In November 1917 the II ANZAC Mounted Regiment was reorganised and became the XXII Corps Mounted Regiment.
    The XXII Corps was disbanded in December 1918 and the Australian squadrons were merged with the 13th Light Horse.
  4. A soldier's letter - The Bacchus Marsh Express 11 Dec 1915
  5. He came to Bacchus Marsh in 1841. He built the old Woolpack Inn, established a coach service to the goldfields and purchased the Manor House in 1857.
  6. Lost Hospitals of London

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