Crooks, Samuel (No. 224561)

Crooks, Samuel

Able Seaman

No. 224561, HMS Thunderer, Royal Navy

Died of disease on Monday 31 December 1917 (aged 32)

Buried:

Ford Park Cemetery (formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery) (Pennycomequick),         Devon, England (Grave General K. 26. 36)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel Crooks was born on 1 November 1885 in Mark Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Andrew and Jane Crooks (nee Arnold) who were married on 10 July 1883 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  Andrew Crooks, a mill-worker from Newtownards was a son of William Crooks, a chandler.  Jane Arnold, a factory-worker from Newtownrads was a daughter of Samuel Arnold, a labourer.

The Crooks family lived in Mark Street, Newtownards; in Whitehouse, Co Antrim; in Movilla Street, Newtownards and at 69 Balfour Street, Newtownards.

Andrew Crooks was a wool and cotton weaver and he and Jane had seven children including:

Andrew (born 12 April 1884 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Samuel (born 1 November 1885 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Jane (born 20 March 1888 in Whitehouse, Co Antrim; married John Smyth 13 October 1909 in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church)

Alice (born 24 January 1890 in Whitehouse, Co Antrim)

Ellen (born 21 February 1892 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

During the Great War Able Seaman Samuel Crooks (No. 224561) served aboard the battleship HMS Thunderer.  He died suddenly in Plymouth Naval Hospital on 31 December 1917 and was buried in Ford Park Cemetery (formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery) (Pennycomequick), Devon on 4 January 1918.  After Samuel died his parents placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

We may not, Lord, Thy purpose see,

But all is well that’s done by Thee.

In 1919 his parents placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

He sleeps while others sigh

Able Seaman Samuel Crooks (No. 224561) was 32 when he died and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church.