Monday, December 19, 1949
Private Alfred 'Fred' Brooking was one of a group of early volunteers for No 4 Commando, serving in 'G' and later 'B' troop . He took part in almost all their raids and operations throughout the war. Our Gallery contains images of him back from the Lofoten Raid [view] and he is also named on the nominal roll for those from No 4 Commando who took part in Operation Jubilee at Dieppe [view]. At the end of the war and before the Commandos were disbanded he served for a short period of time in No 6 Commando . He survived the war but died of illness in 1949 having left the Army. [2+3].
Extract from the Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 19 December 1949The Good Samaritan And The Ex-Commando:- Mr. Fred Brooking (28), a railway employee, who died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary last night after a long illness, had no relatives in Derby and, at the time he became ill, nobody to look after him or his affairs. When he gave up his "digs" because of his impending admission to hospital, he was befriended by his foreman, Mr. A. Allen, of Mansfield Road, Derby. Mr. Allen gave him shelter until he went into hospital, and then visited him almost daily. His friendship was all that Fred knew during his last days. Fred, who was born in Plymouth, leaves relatives in Scotland. He was an ex- Commando and a veteran of Dieppe, Normandy, and the Rhine crossing." . Sources  CVA Gallery 4 Cdo. image Troon 1940. [view]  Derby Daily Telegraph  British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.  Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 10 issued March 1950.
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