Crook, Philip Joseph


He was the son of Edward Tipping Crook of Woodlands Hall, Bridgenorth, and came to Winchester from Horris Hill. He was for two years a House Prefect and a member of O.T.H. XV, stood on Dress for VI his last year and in 1909 and 1910 played in 2nd XI (Association). He went to New College, Oxford, in 1910, and in January 1914 joined the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, having already served in the cavalry contingent of the University O.T.C.

On the outbreak of war he volunteered for foreign service and in September 1914 sailed for Egypt. He took part in the defence of the Suez Canal in 1915, in the campaign in the Western Desert against the Senussi and later in the first attack on Gaza.

In November 1917 his squadron was detailed to join in the advance which ended in the capture of Jerusalem where they were engaged in the northward sweep of the cavalry along the coast, capturing the heights on the far side of the Wadi-el-Hesi, nine miles north of Gaza.  Shortly afterwards they were attacked by a superior enemy force and Crook was killed while going about among his men urging them to stand their ground until the infantry could arrive in support. He lies in grave XIX.E.3 of the Gaza War Cemetery. He is commemorated by a memorial on the south wall of the Unitarian Chapel in Bank Street, Bolton.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Crook
  • Forenames or initials: Philip Joseph
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1905-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry
  • Date of Birth: 18th May 1892
  • Date of Death: 9th November 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: GAZA WAR CEMETERY : Grave XIX. E. 3