Sunday, July 18, 2010

Marine Jonathan David Thomas Crookes killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Marine Jonathan David Thomas Crookes, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan on Friday 16 July 2010.

Marine Jonathan David Thomas Crookes, from Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province.

Marine Crookes' mother Sue Crookes said:

"Jon was a caring, thoughtful son, full of life. If he made up his mind to do something he always achieved it to a high standard. I am so proud of him. Generous with his time, if he couldn't do something for me, he would always find a friend in the Marines who could.

"A talented student, he was studying International Relations at university and he was using his experience deployed with the Royal Marines to inform his thesis.

Major Ed Moorhouse, Officer Commanding Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines said:

"We have lost a truly outstanding man. Marine Jonny Crookes, known universally as "Crooksey", was everything you could ask for in a Royal Marines Commando; he was a mountain of a man, strong, powerful and brave. His courage knew no bounds, he was one of the bravest of the brave in Charlie Company and that accolade is only reserved for my Point Men.

"These men are exceptional, as was Jonny; they lead the patrols that move along the alleys and compounds of Sangin in the full knowledge of the danger that exists around every corner; in doing so they accept the risks and dangers solely to allow those behind them to walk in their steps. I am continually humbled by the likes of Jonny Crookes and men like him.

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