Private Ben Crooks

Service number 2354
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Derbyshire, Derby
Death Date 1916-08-02
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Ben Crooks (2354, 20th Battalion) was born in Derby, England, and came to Australia at the age of 9 months. He was working as a farm hand when he enlisted in July 1915. Ben was killed in action during the battle of Pozieres on 2 August 1916 and is buried in the Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, France. Ben's mother wrote that his age at death was 17 and a half years.



Date of enlistment 26 July 1915
Date of embarkation 06 September 1915
Date of death 02 August 1916
Date of fate 02 August 1916