The first Labour Mayoress, and the wife of the first working-man member of Parliament to make a tour of the Empire, Mrs. Will Crooks can claim to have had no small share in building up her husband's success. She is Mr. Crooks' second wife, having married him in 1893. Possessed of sound commonsense, and an intensely sympathetic nature, she was a much-loved figure in Woolwich, which constituency her husband represented until the General Election of January, 1910. It was in 1901, when Mr. Crooks was Mayor of Poplar, that she headed a deputation of wives of the unemployed to Mr. Balfour, and pleaded so eloquently as their mouthpiece. In addition, she has done untold good by personal service among the great working population of Poplar - caring for the children, ministering to the sick, and cheering the sad and sorrowful. She still resides in Poplar, and is proud of the fact that she is a working woman, and the wife of a working man. Her husband was again returned as Member for Woolwich in the General Election of December, 1910.
Mrs. Will Crooks