Royal Navy Able Seaman, Arthur Edwin Brookes in 1944

A photograph of my dad, Arthur Edwin Brookes taken October 26, 1944 while in the Royal Navy (able seaman). His Service Number was PJX429760. The WW2 Medals he was awarded were: 1939/1945 Star, Atlantic Star with France/Germany clasp, Burma Star and 1939/1945 War medal. Arthur Edwin Brookes born 7/9/25 – died 16/2/2014.

Photograph and details courtesy of Peter Brookes.

3 thoughts on “Royal Navy Able Seaman, Arthur Edwin Brookes in 1944

    • Hi Michael. Nearly all of dad’s service was on MTB’s. As far as I know, they only had pennant numbers, and I don’t have details of those. I know most of his service was in the far east. Part of his service in home waters was in the squadron commanded by Sir Peter Scott, who delighted in going over to the French coast early in morning and playing “Do you ken John Peel” to tempt German “E” boats out of harbour. On “D” day he was stationed off Omaha beach, supporting the US forces. He told me that the sights he saw then were really upsetting, because of the boys (& so many were just boys) coming back on board with such horrific injuries. Hope this is of interest to you.

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      • Hello Peter. My Dad John Moore (RN) was the chief gunner on the leading boat at Omaha Beach but he did not talk about the War when got home. Still we were very proud of him.

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