Female relatives badge : Mrs Alice Crook

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL/11143
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Sterling silver
Maker Stokes & Sons, Melbourne
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Silver Female Relative's Badge with a blue enamelled oval around the voided letters 'AIF'. The oval contains the words 'ISSUED BY DEPT OF DEFENCE TO WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA'. An enameled scroll beneath this contains the words 'FOR DUTY DONE'. The badge is surmounted with a King's Crown. A brooch fastening and a fine safety chain with a small pin at the end are attached to the back. Two bars are suspended from the bottom indicating three children serving overseas. The reverse is stamped with the maker's details and the number '176423'. The reverse of the bars are numbered '53808' and '53809'.

History / Summary

Worn by Mrs Ellen Crook (nee Spain) with regard to her three sons serving overseas with the AIF. Her eldest son was 45 Private Daniel Crook who was born in 1893 and enlisted on 14 December 1915. He served with 35 Battalion and returned to Australia on 11 May 1919. The next son 58681 Private Albert Thomas Crook was born in 1897 and enlisted on 7 May 1918. He served with 5 Division Training and was discharged on 16 June 1919. Mrs Crook's third son was 4562 Private Cecil James Crook, a miner from Adamstown, New South Wales. He enlisted on 10 November 1915 and served with 19 Battalion. He died of wounds on 4 October 1918 and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.