Captain RONALD LEWIS CROOK of the 6th Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment was killed on 30 November 1942, aged 32. He was commissioned on 28 September 1940.
In November 1942 the 6th Royal West Kents sailed to North Africa on board the troopship ss Marnix as part of the 78th Division, landing at Bougie on 10th November. On 17th November, during the advance East towards Tunis, the battalion distinguished themselves by holding the cross roads at Djebel Aboid for four days against a German armoured column. On November 30th the battalion took part in the unsuccessful attack on Djebel Ajred and Djebel Azzag. All three companies came under sustained cross fire from numerous machine gun positions and casualties for the day were heavy with the battalion losing 11 officers and 150 other ranks.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial in Tunisia.
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He is remembered in the Brockley County School Book of Remembrance.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Crook, of Herne Bay and husband of Phyllis Mary Crook of Marlborough, Wilts.
His brother Cyril was killed in action in June 1942 while serving in the RAF.
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
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