DATA BASE REF: M/A 1007
ALEXANDER NOEL JAKES
BORN: HIGH STREET, CASTOR, DECEMBER 1923
At the time Alec volunteered for the army in 1942 he was working for farmer Walter Longfoot – “Home Farm” Castor. He was called up in February 1943, aged 19years, to join the Royal Marine Commandos.
Three months training at Lymston – Devon was followed by an eleven month posting to Malta. During time there he spent a period in hospital having caught Sandfly Fever missing a posting to North Africa. He was sent to Sicily stationed on a gun site with 3.7 guns later returning to England for training in preparation for the D.Day landings. Four days after the landings his unit was sent to France joining up with the allied troops. A particular incident – en-route to Germany remains in his memory when he spotted a familiar figure directing traffic in Belgium! Walter Taylor from Ailsworth!
After some time stationed in France, Belgium and Holland Alec volunteered to join a special advanced Commandoes course of training based in Scotland, eventually being awarded his “Green Beret” having successfully passed the qualifications required. From there he served with the 42nd Marine Commandos and was sent to India in preparation for the relief of Singapore – which of course was aborted following the dropping of the Atom Bomb. Hong Kong was his next destination as the Japanese had surrendered and the British Forces were in occupation.
He came home and was demobbed in September 1946. As a result of his overseas postings Alec suffers re-occuring bouts of Malaria to the present day – some 53 years on.
In this year of 2001 he is a retired widower living at 5 Thorolds Way, always community minded, he served as a Parish Councillor for 40 years, was a former Rural District Councillor, School Governor of Castor Primary, Cricket Club Secretary and keen player in his youth, and a founder member and Chairman of the Village Garden Society.