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.
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.
Henry’s name is on the Hamilton War Memorial.