|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1890|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1918|
First A&M College Cadet to Give His Life For Country
Son of Rev. and Mrs. T. N. Crocker of Antioch Community
Norman G. Crocker, a Center High School graduate, entered Texas A&M College in September 1912 but resigned the following May due to ill health. He returned to college in May 1915. He enlisted as a private in the Forestry Division of the Engineers Reserve Corps in December 1917, when he was a senior in the School of Agriculture at Texas A&M.
In February 1918 The Champion newspaper reported that Norman G. Crocker probably was lost on the transport Tuscania, which was sunk on February 6. Memorial services were held.
His body washed ashore several days later and was buried in a long grave on the Scottish coast on February 13, along with 70 other victims of the German submarine. In October 1920 his body was returned to Center for reburial in Antioch Cemetery. Survivors included his parents, and brothers and sisters: Henry Crocker, Tommie Crocker, C. A. Crocker, Charlie Crocker, Mrs. George Watson, Eva Crocker, and Vera Crocker.
Obituaries, The Champion, April 24, 1918, reprinted in Mildred Cariker Pinkston, Obituaries of Early Pioneers, Shelby County, Texas, Center: Center Printing Co., 1983, I:96-97
"Norman G. Crocker Reported Lost at Sea," The Champion, February 20, 1918, reprinted in Pinkston, Obituaries of Early Pioneers, I:96
Obituary, The Champion, October 20, 1920, reprinted in Pinkston, Obituaries of Early Pioneers, Shelby County, Texas, Center: Center Printing Co., 1983, I:134-135
See also Norman G. Crocker listed at http://renton.50megs.com/Tuscania/index.htm (accessed March 7, 2008)
Antioch (Shelby County)
Created by: Sheron Smith-Savage
Record added: Mar 05, 2008
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