Hamilton John Crook
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||21 Jan 1904|
|Place of Birth||Coogee, Western Australia|
|Death||18 May 1973, aged 69|
|Place of Death||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||37 years, 6 months|
|Description||5'9" (1.75m) tall ; ; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Fourth road, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs. Doris Cook|
|Date of Enlistment||21 Jul 1941|
|Unit/Formation||HQ 7th Heavy Brigade RAA (M)|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
On 21 Jul 1941 Hamilton was mobilised and posted to the HQ 7th Heavy Brigade RAA (M). On 28 Jul 1941 he marched into Rottnest Island's Kingstown Barracks. He was sent on a Local Operator's Course before qualifying as an Instrument Operator Trade Group II on 28 Sep 1942. From 24 Dec 1942 until 8 Apr 1943 he attended a Radio Physics Course during which time he was a Lance Sergeant.
On returning to his unit Hamilton reverted to Gunner, but on 10 Jul 1943 he was appointed a Lance Bombardier. On 6 Sep 1943 Hamilton was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital, rejoining his unit on 17 Sep 1943. On 26 Aug 1943 he was promoted Bombardier, but a year later on 18 Oct 1944 he was discharged to contribute to Essential Services (State brickworks), having spent only two days with the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot.
Electoral Roll entries: 1943 - 1968 Fourth road, Armadale, labourer; 1972 at 11 The Grove, Armadale by himself as Doris died 8 Jun 1969, aged 66 in Armadale.