High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! William (Will) Crooks (6 April 1852 5 June 1921) was a noted trade unionist and politician from Poplar, London, and a member of the Fabian Society. HE is particularly remembered for his campaigning work against poverty and inequality. BOrn in Shirbutt Street, Poplar, Crooks was the third son of a ship's stoker, George Crooks, who lost his arm in an accident when Crooks was three years old. HIs mother, Caroline Elizabeth (née Coates), then supported the family by working as a seamstress, but money was scarce and five of the children were temporarily forced to enter Poplar workhouse in 1861. THis experience had a profound influence on Crooks' views on poverty.