2932, Corporal Hilton George Crooks MM
26th Battalion AIF
12th Battalion AIF
Awarded Military Medal – 10th October 1919
‘During the operations east of JEANCOURT on the morning of 18th September, 1918, Corporal CROOKS displayed great bravery, dash and leadership in the face of heavy machine gun fire. The advance was being hampered by some troublesome machine guns and Corporal CROOKS led a few men up on a flank and courageously rushed 3 machine guns from the flank and killed the crew of 1 and captured the other 2, thus allowing the advance to continue.’
Australian War Memorial:
Studio portrait of 2932 Acting Corporal Hilton George Crooks, 26th Battalion from Burnie, Tasmania. A 26 year old labourer prior to enlisting in the AIF on 17 August 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 6th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 27 October 1915 aboard HMAT Ulysses. He served on the Western Front with the 12th Battalion and was wounded in action on three separate occasions. After each wounding, he received medical treatment and recovered to return to his unit. Corporal Crooks was awarded a Military Medal (MM) for great bravery and leadership at Jeancourt, France on 15 September 1918 and returned to Australia on 5 June 1919. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930’s, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers’ notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative.