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Lance Corporal Adam James McKee Crookshanks

Male 1893 - 1916  (23 years)


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  • Name Adam James McKee Crookshanks 
    Prefix Lance Corporal 
    Born 6 May 1893  Linwood, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Military WW1  [4
    Residence 1911  Linwood, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Methodist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-50857 
    Died 16 Sep 1916  Courcelette, , Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I50857  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2021 

    Father Thomas Crookshanks,   b. 9 Aug 1861, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1953, Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Mary Eleanor McKee,   b. 7 Dec 1867, Mornington Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1943, Millbank Convervative Mennonite Cemetery, Millbank, Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 8 Jun 1892  Howick Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F13165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Linwood Soldier Killed in Action

      Mr. and Mrs. Crookshanks received the sad news on Saturday evening of the death of their son, Adam. It was a shock to the whole community as he was a noble young man and was well known. He was born in 1893, was a member of the Methodist Church and was vice-President of the Epworth league, and a member of the Orange Lodge. He left home to enlist on October 17th, 1914, and trained in London. He left Halifax for overseas April 18, 1915 and went into the trenches Sept. 25th, 1915, and was killed Sept. 16, 1916. Deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved family. Below follows a letter from one of his comrades: -

      Dear Mr. and Mrs. Crookshanks: - I have very sad news to tell you. Your son was killed in action on the 16th of September and all the snipers send their deepest sympathy to you. Your son died a soldier of the Cross and a man and he was well loved in the Battalion. He was one of the oldest members in the 88th Battalion and we miss him very much. Your son and I were snipers together ever since we landed in France and I miss him more than anyone else in the battalion does. I am sorry to say that I wasn't allowed to go into the trenches this last time when your son was killed. It was the first time we had been separated, since we had been in France, and then to lose him. they couldn't fetch his body out as the gun fire was too heavy, so they buried him just where he was killed. We took the ring off his finger, and some of his personal things to send to you. I gave W. Jones everything belonging to hour son to send to you and I hope that you will receive them safely. I wish this dreadful war would soon be over, and I again send you my deepest sympathy. This is my address if you care to write. R. N. Siddle, 54309

      Elmira Signet Oct 12 1916

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1901, Wellesley E-5 Page 8.

    2. [S504] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1911, Div. 12 Page 6.

    3. [S241] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley - Rushes CC#4536 Waterloo Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.
      In memory of/ Lce Corp'l Adam McKee/ Crookshanks/ Killed in action/ at Courcellette France/ Sept. 16, 1916/ Aged 23 yrs. 4 mos./ Be thou faithful unto death and I/ will give thee/ A crown of life/ Rev. 2, 10/ [Orange Lodge symbol]/ Crookshanks

    4. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.
      Name:Adam M Crookshanks
      Birth Date:6 May 1893
      Birth Location:Linwood, Ontario
      Relative:Thomas Crookshanks
      Relationship:Father
      Regiment Number:53095

    5. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Name:Adam M Crookshanks
      Birth Date:6 May 1893
      Birth Location:Linwood, Ontario
      Relative:Thomas Crookshanks - farmer - Linwood
      Relationship:Father
      Regiment Number:53095

    6. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 5501 (1892), Thomas Crookshanks-Mary Elenor McKee.
      Thomas Crookshanks, farmer of Wellesley, Birth Place: Wellesley Tp Waterloo Co Age: 30 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1862 Father Name: James Crookshanks Mother Name: Sarah Crookshanks Spouse Name: Mary Elenor McKee, residence Mornington Spouse's Age: 25 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867 Spouse Birth Place: Mornington Tp Spouse Father Name: Adam McKee Spouse Mother Name: Margaret McKee Marriage Date: 8 Jun 1892 Marriage Place: Huron, Howick

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 May 1893 - Linwood, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Methodist - 1911 - Linwood, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Sep 1916 - Courcelette, , Picardie, France Link to Google Earth
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