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Arthur Newton Hooker
Corporal - Service Number 2/3383

Arthur Newton Hooker(not HN as on Memorial Board),or Newt as he was more commonly known, was the son of James and Hannah Hooker of Pokeroro. He was one of four brothers to enlist and was the second to be killed, Kenneth Aubrey was killed earlier. Before the war he worked as a farmer and enlisted in early 1916. He joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade as a rifleman and was part of the 7th Reinforcements which embarked at the end of May, 1916, in transport HMNZT 55 from Wellington. He would have travelled on the SS.Tofua, landing in southern England before shipment to France. In the last weeks of the war he was a corporal and returned to his unit in France after convalescence in England. He was killed in action on the 29th of October 1918, less than two weeks before the cessation of fighting on the 11th of November. He had gone out as part of a raiding party near Le Cateau, the site of a battle in 1914, and was a casualty. His brother Jim, serving nearby managed to get to his brother's grave on the 8th of November and decorated it. Needless to say, Newt's death so close to the end of the war hit Jim hard. He is buried in the Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, France in Grave G10 Block I.