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Ian 170917
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Hi

I would like to hear from anyone with information on James Crooks, my great uncle. By any chance if anyone has memories or anecdotes or photographs, I'd love to hear about them. I have his service record, just hoping there may be a chance to add anything to the bare details.

He served in Sicily and Normandy. Not sure if he would have maintained contact with other veterans after the war.

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I have a note of a PO/X 2359 CSM J. Crooks in 41 RM Commando who resided in Warrington. He was a member of the original Commando Association which stood down in 2005. Can you confirm that the service number and rank are as in the Service Record.

Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Cdo. God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before. When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.

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Hi,
Here is the citation for PO/X 2359 James Crooks' award of the Military Medal.

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Hi Pete, Nick

Thanks for the replies, it is the same James Crooks. He died in 1966. Was he active in the old Commando Association, do you think there's any possibility that somewhere there's a photo of him? I realise it's a long shot that anyone would remember him after all this time, but fingers crossed.

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James Crooks' award of the Military Medal is gazetted

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Thank you Nick

Does anyone know if there are records of the old Commando Association and if they can be accessed?
Maybe worth trying the Royal Marines Association, or the Commando Museum?

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The Commando Association records would only have contained the detail given in my reply above plus any branch that the person was a member of, their address, and telephone number at the time. Exactly the same as membership of any club. The information I gave was provided to me by the Commando Association after it had stood down. It applies only to the Royal Marines who joined. I believe it will be similar for the RMA but you could always ask them.

Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Cdo. God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before. When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.

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