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Author:  dcdl12976 [ Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:33 am ]
Post subject:  Ronald Edward Cooke

just to let folks know my dad passed away at 07.30 this morning, peacfully in his sleep.

Dad was in France with the 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment 6 Brigade he spent his 21st birthday (24th October) on the Belgium border later they retreated to a place called St Venant in northern France where his platoon was guarding a crossroads near a footbridge over the canal when they were hit by there own artillery killing most and wounding Dad he tells me his mate Jonno (the son of a retired Brigadier) died in his arms at the crossroads and he buried him there, after this a forward artillery controller ran up saying how sorry he was they thought the Germans were in that area.

Dad was evacuated from Brey sands and returned to England to hospital in Warwick where he knew Jonno,s parents lived so he asked a nurse to get the Brigadier and his wife to come and see him so he could tell them what had happened to there son, after leaving hospital he was told he was not going back to the Royal Berks but was going for Parachute training. He went to RAF Cardington (Home of the airships) and did parachute drops from balloons (yes i know all para training was supposedly done at Ringway but he is adamant). Next he was sent to the South coast at Shorncliff to a small airfield close by and remembers on nights off going to a ballroom overlooking the cliffs and it was from that airfield he made a lot of landings or para drops into occupied Northern France delivering equipment and people to the resistance, i asked him why he was chosen and he said because they wanted people with a knowledge of the area and who spoke fluent French (which until then i did not know he spoke French). Whilst on one of his trips to France he was wounded in the wrist by a Feldgendarme,s MP40 later he was sent to India and somewhere in Burma he was wounded again

This is as much as i have been able to get out of him im afraid, he keeps telling me he didnt know who he was working for which i dont believe though apparently many working for MI5 and SOE did not, difficult to prove since most of SOE,s records were destroyed by fire in there offices in Baker street just after the war.

Sorry i cant tell you more but i only got this out of him because he asked me to find out if Jonno was buried in a proper cemetary (which i did and he is (Haverskerque) just North of where he was killed and quickly buried.

Author:  Rhodes [ Sun Dec 11, 2016 21:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ronald Edward Cooke

My sincere condolences. It is terrible for every single veteran that we lose, but of course even moreso if it is ones' own father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Author:  dcdl12976 [ Sun Dec 11, 2016 21:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ronald Edward Cooke

Thanks mate, its geting to be like when the ww1 veterans were very limited in numbers a few years ago. Another 10 years and i doubt there will be any left

Author:  dcdl12976 [ Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ronald Edward Cooke

Dads funeral is thursday 29th ecemver 4 pm at telford crematorium

Author:  Brenmk1 [ Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ronald Edward Cooke

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Godspeed to your father and may he rest in peace.

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