Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



Freddie Crooks


19054148 Spr. Freddie Crooks died on 25 June 2007 aged 76 in his hometown Billingham, Cleveland.

Freddie joined the Army in September 1946 and was at the Army Apprentices School in Chepstow, Mon. training as a Vehicle Mechanic. He went to 1 Training Regt. R.E. in Great Malvern in Aug 1949 and was posted to 9 Ind. Airborne Sqn. R.E. in December 1949.

He completed his parachute course in May 1950 and was with 1 Troop when the Sqn moved to Famagusta in June 1951. After 6 months in Cyprus the Sqn went to Egypt and it was from there that Freddie left the Sqn. to go on a course. Whilst on the course Freddie played rugby with the unit and unfortunately perforated his ear drum and was medically downgraded and did not return to the Sqn.

After completing his 8 years Freddie left the army and took up employment with the local bus company as a maintenance fitter and then worked for chemical firms such as ICI finally ending up working for British Steel. During his period of employment he was also with the T.A. He retired in 1992 and for the remainder of his retirement was not in good health.

His wife Jean, son Stephen and daughter Gail together with the rest of the family and friends will sadly miss him.



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