Full name: Douglas Harold Crooks
Born 1889; Died 13/11/1918; Buried 15/11/1918; Age 29
Occupation: (Tram) Conductor
CROOKS.—On the 13th November, 1918, at the Alexandra Hall, Abel Smith-street, Douglas Harold, dearly beloved husband of Daisy Elsie Crooks, and second beloved son of the late Thomas Henry Crooks; aged 29 years. Dearly loved, sadly missed. (Christchurch papers please copy).
Evening Post, 14 Nov. 1918 (Courtesy of Papers Past)
CROOKS.—On November 13 (died suddenly of pneumonia), at Wellington, Douglas Harold (Doug.), youngest son of the late Henry Crooks, Richmond, and dearly loved brother of M. and H. Crooks and G. Coton, Severn Street, St. Albans; aged 29 years. Deeply regretted.
Sun, 16 Nov. 1918 (Courtesy of Papers Past)
Section: CH ENG2
Plot: 31 E
Mother: Jane Flora McDonald Crooks
Father: Thomas Henry Crooks, Richmond
Siblings: Donald Henry Crooks (b 1888), Gladys Lillian Crooks (b 1889), Mabel Gertrude Crooks (b 1895)
Spouse: Daisy Elsie Crooks
Children: Kenneth Douglas (b 1913), Raymond Henry (b 1915) and Malcolm Bruce (b 1916)
NO SERVICE TO-MORROW
The position on the cars, insofar as the number of men affected by influenza is concerned, remains approximately the same since Thursday. About 135 traffic men are suffering from the epidemic. Unfortunately so far two men have succumbed — Conductor Crooks and Motorman Rowberry*. Inspector Baker, who recently went into camp, contracted influenza there, and died in Victoria Hospital the other day. With the large number of men away the service has been limited, but as all sections of the community are affected the number of people using the cars is correspondingly reduced. The department has also been materially assisted by voluntary workers – several ex-tramwaymen with the necessary qualifications giving their assistance. In order to give all concerned an opportunity to recuperate, no Sunday service will be run to-morrow, the 17th instant.
Evening Post 16 Nov. 1918 (Courtesy of Papers Past)
* The two men are buried beside each other in the Karori Cemetery, with Motorman Rowberry being buried the day after Conductor Crooks, in the grave immediately to the right.