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1/385 Private Frederick Leonard Hook – Samoa Advanced Party

The family originated in Kent with Friend Hook arriving with his mother and two brothers in Wellington, New Zealand
in 1840.  Friend led an eventful life joining the militia during the New Zealand Wars and also tried his luck gold mining
at Gabriel’s Gully[i].

Friend married Martha Morgan[ii]  in 1862 and the couple moved out to Tawa where they carved out a farm and
Frederick was also employed by the Hutt County Council maintaining roads in the district. Friend and Martha had
seventeen children with the third, Frederick William Hook born in 1867.

Frederick William Hook married Janet Chambers in 1892, the couple had seven children. Frederick was employed as a roadman with the Hutt County and the family lived in Ohariu up until Frederick’s death in 1902[iii]. Janet brought up
the young family with the support of Friend and Martha moving to live in Tawa Flat.

Frederick Leonard Hook was born in Wellington on 11th June 1892 the eldest child of Frederick William and Janet.
Frederick was employed as a butcher by Garrett & Co, Karori when he enlisted in the NZEF on 9th August 1914[iv].
1/385 Private Hook, C Company, Wellington Regiment, Samoa Advanced Party listed his mother Mrs F W Hook as his
next of kin and his residential address as Tawa Flat.

Private Hook sailed for Samoa on 12th August 1914 there was as initially period of activity with the landings at Samoa
but it then settled down to the boredom of an occupation force.

On 14th April 1915 Private Hook returned to New Zealand  he was granted three weeks sick leave prior to being
discharged from the NZEF ‘ at his own request.’

Following his return from Samoa Frederick stayed with his mothers parents in Guzhnee Street, Wellington and worked for the Gear Meat Co near the Central Police Station, Wellington prior to joined the Police force. His intended address on his discharge papers was noted as Mt Cook Police Station, Wellington. Constable Hook had moved to Auckland in the 1920’s when he signed for his campaign medals. Constable Hook made a career in the Police.

Frederick Leonard Hook married Alma Dorothy Wood in 1924[v].

Frederick Leonard Hook died in Featherston on 19th March 1964.

Notes
Two of Frederick’s younger brother’s served in the NZEF
                2/1015 Gunner Alexander James Hook  - NZ Field Artillery
                50380 Trooper Edgar Ernest Hook  Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Reference
NZ BDM
Paperspast Online
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files

Photos
Landing at Samoa: National Library

[i] Obituary, Special to the Evening Post, 30th November 1928, Evening Post
[ii] NZ BDM
[iii] A settlers sad end, 28th January 1902, Evening Post
[iv] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 1/385 Private Frederick Leonard Hook.
[v] NZ BDM
NZ Troops landing in Samoa 1914 
NZ Samoa Expeditionary force landing in Samoa 1915