Bertie Oswald Crook

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Crook, Sapper Bertie Oswald no. 17356

7th Field Company Australian Engineers, formerly Field Company Australian Engineers February 1917 Reinforcements.

“Sherwood” Hardy and Princess Streets, Canterbury.


Born 1892 at Leichhardt, son of Thomas Ware & Emily Crook.

Educated at Leichhardt and Petersham Public Schools.

Enlisted 6/11/1916, aged 23.



Next of kin, father, Thomas Ware Crook, “Sherwood” Hardy and Princess Streets, Canterbury.

Enlisted with Ernest Camac and Frederick Cooper.

Embarked from Melbourne 10/5/1917 per HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray.

Wounded at Villers Bretonneux 17/7/1918.

Invalided to Fulham Hospital, England.

Casualty list SMH 13/8/1918 Wounded.

Returned to Australia 14/12/1918.

Arrived in Australia 30/1/1919.

Married 1919 Florence E. Tomkins, sister of Sidney C. Tomkins. She died 5/12/1988, aged 95, late of Canterbury.

Bert Crook convened the meeting in 1927 which formed the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club. He served on the first Committee,and was Secretary-Manager in 1947.

Portrait and biography in the All Australia Memorial.

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 25/11/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002