CROOKES, Pte Ronald 14216056 MM

'On 27th September 1944, A Company of the 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry attacked a position known as 'JOHNSON'. Sgt Forbes and Pte Crookes observed some enemy in a house who were firing at the Company. They immediately attempted to clear them out. Sgt Forbes was killed, but Pte Crookes went on and entered the house with great dash. He killed two Germans and the remaining two surrendered. Later the position was counter-attacked and the enemy succeeded in occupying the lower part of the house. Pte Crookes on his own initiative, ran from his post in the upper part of the house and attempted to push the Germans from their position, which he succeeded in doing after two attempts.

'During the fighting, which continued throughout the day, Pte Crookes was a source of inspiration and encouragement to his comrades, and I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of a Distinguished Conduct Medal [sic: stamped below the text on the original citation is
'GRANTED AN IMMEDIATE MM'].' Recommended by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.

Pte Ronald Crookes re-enlisted in the Army in 1950 with the new Army number 22525874 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions with 'Z' Coy, 1st Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers between 22-25/4/51, during the Korean War. His medals, pictured above right, were sold for over 38,000 in 2007.


GEROWSKI, Pte Frederick 6094735 MM

'On the night of 22 November 1944, Private Gerowski's Platoon crossed the River COSINA. After it had consolidated, several spandaus opened
fire on it. The enemy then attacked in strength and Private Gerowski immediately went out to meet them, killing several of them with his Tommy Gun. This action so inspired his comrades that the enemy was driven back with heavy casualties.

'On the following day, the same Platoon attacked a house. On nearing the objective a spandau opened fire on them from the right flank causing several casualties. Private Gerowski immediately rushed forward with his Tommy Gun, killed one of the Bosche and silenced the spandau. This action enabled the platoon to advance and take the objective. The bravery shown by Private Gerowski on the days stated was of the highest order and an inspiration to his comrades. I strongly recommend him to be awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal.' [sic: stamped below the text on the original citation is 'GRANTED AN IMMEDIATE MM']. Recommended by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.

Military Medal now on display at the DLI Museum.


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