Regiment : H.M.S. Good Hope Royal Navy
Service number : M3641
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 26 on 1st November 1914
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 5.
Relatives : Son of Edward and Elizabeth Crook, of Dudley
Memorial : Dudley War Memorial
Credits : Researched by Jade Gandy and John Hale. HMS Good Hope researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
HMS Good Hope was a Drake Class Armoured Cruiser and along with other ships in this class was one of the fastest ships in the world at that time. She became the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock in his South American Squadron in August 1914. On 1st November 1914 off the coast of Chile the British ships encountered a number of German ships under the command of Vice-Admiral Graf Maximilian Von Spee. The ensuing Battle of Coronel resulted in the loss of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth. There were no survivors from either ship.
Joseph Crook has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.