Reginald James George Crabtree enlisted into the Grenadier Guards before volunteering for airborne forces.
Private ‘Jimmy’ Crabtree served with 11th Special Air Service (SAS) Battalion, which was redesignated as 1st Parachute Battalion on 15 September 1941.
He undertook parachute training on No 3 Advanced Training Course at RAF Ringway, which ran from 21 to 29 January 1942.
Prior to deployment to North Africa for Operation Torch, Crabtree was serving with No 6 Section, 10 Platoon, T Company, 1 Para Bn.
He was killed in action on 26 February 1943, aged 24 years old, repulsing a major German attack at the Battle of Argoub.
Pte Crabtree has no known grave but is commemorated on the Medjez-El-Bab Memorial at the Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.
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