HOOK, Ross Sydney

Rank: 
Chaplain (later Bishop)
Service: 
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Monday, February 19, 1917
Died : 
Wednesday, June 26, 1996
Reverend Ross Sydney Wood was awarded the Military Cross (periodic) [1][2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 40RM Commando from April 1944 [3] and later wiith 43RM Commando [2].
Recommendation
"Before his service with this Cdo., the Rev Hook had served some months with 40 (RM) Cdo. and had been into action with them several times, including one operation on the Island of Brac, where the Cdo. suffered very heavy casualties.
The Rev Hook has served ten months with 43 (RM) Cdo. and before the final offensive had been in action with them four times, on the Dalmatian Islands of Hvar, Brac, and Solta, and on the mainland of Jugoslavia, as well as various periods of line holding. Throughout this period the Rev Hook's zeal and efficiency in the presence of the enemy had a fine effect on the spirit of the Cdo.
During the assault on the Comacchio Spit, the Rev Hook's conduct was outstanding. He showed the greatest devotion to duty in carrying out his difficult task under fire and often with the assaulting troops. This was repeated during the forcing of the Argenta Gap.
His selfless interest in all which affect the well-being of the Cdo. has been most marked. He is highly respected by offrs. and men who have the utmost confidence in him. He has played a large part in producing the spirit and dash shown by the Cdo. in action" [2].
 
Commando Association newsletter 42 issued March 1966
"Our congratulations and sincere good wishes go to Rt. Rev. Ross Sydney Hook, M.C., M.A. (2, 3 and 4 Cdo. Bdes.), on his recent appointment as Bishop Suffragan of Grantham, Lincs."
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 103 issued September 1996.
"Rt. Rev. Bishop Ross S. Hook MC (2 Bde) of Blandford, Devon".
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37386, page 6075.
[1] London Gazette 37440, page 581.
[2] National Archives file WO373/47/121.
[3] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, 40RM Cdo.
 
Notes
The Navy Lists 1943/4/5 erroneously show him serving throughout with 44RM Commando. 
 

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