The name of a First World War soldier from Ealing who died fighting on the Somme has been added to the local war memorial - nearly 100 years after his death.
Herbert Crook, known as Harry, was added to the Ealing Green memorial on February 27 in a service which was attended by some of his descendants.
Nephew Stuart Crook, who himself grew up in Ealing, said: “It is as though, finally, after almost 100 years, Herbert has been brought home and laid to rest.”
Herbert was born in Ealing in December 1893 and lived at addresses including Green Avenue, Mountfield Road and Conningsby Road. He attended Northfields School and became as assistant local greengrocer.
He enlisted into the army in 1915 and allocated to the 2nd/8th Middlesex Regiment. He lost his life on the battlefields of the Somme on June 26 1916. He was 22-years-old.
Like thousands of other soldiers, his body was never found and though his name was listed on a memorial close to the battlefield, he was one of many British troops whose name did not make it to memorials back home - until now.
Herbert’s name - CROOK HH - was engraved into the memorial by stonemason Manjit Phull in front of his nephew and two great nieces. They brought with them a poppy from the Tower of London’s recent Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.
Stuart said: “My family and I feel that we have now provided a proper and fitting conclusion to Herbert’s life. In recognition of his actions and the fact that he gave his life whilst serving his country, his name is now rightly inscribed on the war memorial.
“Thus ensuring that, whilst his body was never discovered on the battlefield of the Somme, he is now remembered properly and there is a permanent reminder of him in his home town.”
The name was added to the memorial after Stuart contacted Ealing Council borough architect Gavin Leonard, who has been leading the council's war memorials restoration project to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.
If you have an ancestor who died in the First World War and believe they should be added to a war memorial in Ealing borough contact Mr Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8825 9054.