Labour History and Social Reformers
Will Crooks was born in a one-roomed house in Poplar, but went on to become a Labour MP in 1902 (the fourth ever elected) and grew into one of Britain’s memorable champions for political social change. People’s regard for this ‘servant of the people’, who had helped lead a major dock strike, had reformed the workhouse system, and supported reforms to limit the powers of the House of Lords transcended politics and class. He served as a Privy Councillor, and King George V paid a visit in 1917 during an illness of Will’s. Thousands flocked to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to pay their respects at Will’s funeral in 1921.
Our local archives have assembled a wonderful ‘life in photos’.
The procession to the Cemetery was captured in a British Pathe newsreel, here.