RHOOK, Henry Joseph William

NAME: Henry Joseph William RHOOK                                                                                            098

SERVICE NO:  2136

YEAR OF BIRTH: 1891

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Hamilton

DATE OF ENLISTMENT: 29 May 1916

PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:  Hamilton

AGE AT ENLISTMENT:  24

UNIT: 39th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement

EMBARKED:  25 September 1916

TROOP SHIP:  HMAT A9 Shropshire

FATE:  Died of Wounds – 28 February 1917 – Wimereux, France

Henry “Harry” Rhook was the son of  Matthew Charles Rhook and Elizabeth  Jane Quick and was born in 1891 at Hamilton. The Rhook family lived at 6 Eversley Street, Hamilton.  When Henry completed his schooling he worked as a plumber.  He worked in Hamilton for John Goss and at Beaufort for Mr Robertson.  

Henry’s brother Archibald enlisted in July 1915 and the following year, Henry joined him, enlisting on 29 May 1916.  He sailed on 25 September 1916 for England with the 39th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement.  After he arrived on 11 November 1916, he spent some time training before arriving in France on  21 December, 1916.

Henry had only been in France two months when on 23 February 1917 he was wounded near Fleurbaix. Suffering a fractured skull, Henry was admitted to the No 2 Australian General Hospital at Wimereux.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02804.002/

NO. 2 AUSTRALIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, WIMEREUX. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02804.002/

 On 28 February 1917, Henry suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died.  The Reverend R.C.Foyster of Hamilton delivered the news to the Rhook family in early March.

 

"Family Notices." Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1870 - 1873; 1914 - 1918) 28 Feb 1918: 4. .

“Family Notices.” Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1870 – 1873; 1914 – 1918) 28 Feb 1918: 4. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119499307&gt;.

Henry’s name is on the Hamilton War Memorial.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Australian War Memorial – Roll of Honour – Henry Joseph William Rhook

Australian War Memorial – WW1 Embarkation Roll – Henry Joseph William Rhook

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Wimereux Communal Cemetery – Henry Joseph William Rhook

Discovering Anzacs – Henry Joseph William Rhook

Newspaper Articles from Trove – Henry Joseph William Rhook

The AIF Project – Henry Joseph William Rhook

The War Graves Photographic Project – Henry Joseph William Rhook

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