CROOK, Roy Joseph

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Surname also seen as CROOKS
North Somerset Yeomanry
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Sergeant Roy Joseph Crook * was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [1].
During operations 18 Jul - 17 Aug in Crete Sgt Roy Joseph Crooks* after taking part in the rearguard action from Suda, refused to surrender and took to the hills alone. He later joined Lt.-Cdr. F.G. Pool, R.N.R. and assisted in collecting up troops for evacuation. During actual embarkation on two successive nights, he volunteered to go ashore from the submarine to help marshal and embark the British troops. His initiative and masterly handling of the men contributed largely to the safe embarkation of so many men under extremely difficult conditions. His coolness and resource in handling a most difficult situation with the local inhabitants, who were endeavouring to collect boots and clothes, is worthy of some form of recognition. 
Recommended by Lt. Cdr. F.G. Pool, R.N.R. [2].
[1] London Gazette 35390, page 7239.
[2] National Archives file WO373/27/376.
* Surname spelt as CROOK in the LG entry @ [1]; and CROOKS in the NA File @ [2]

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