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Stanley Rook had lived in Boughton all his life, and was the son of Mr and Mrs H. Rook of Willow Tree Cottages, Boughton. Stanley Rook also lived there, with his wife and child, and before enlisting, worked for a local building firm. In the 1911 census Stanley Rook was aged 26 and is living with his parents at Willow Tree Cottages, Boughton. His occupation was shown as a bricklayer.
Private Rook is remembered with honour at Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France, where his grave reference number is II. C. 18. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St Barnabas Church, Boughton.
The villages of Tincourt and Boucly were occupied by British troops in March 1917, during the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. From the following May until March 1918, Tincourt became a centre for Casualty Clearing Stations. The cemetery was begun in June 1917, and there are now nearly 2,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 250 are unidentified.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Photos - Owen, and Rook family archive
Tincourt New British Cemetery
Hamlet & Elizabeth Rook with children and grandchildren