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Leonard Cyril Rookes was born in the third quarter of 1926 and his birth registered in the Malton area. He was the son of Thomas W. and Nora E. (nee Cuthbertson) who married in the Scarborough area in the third quarter of 1917. He was one of nine children born between 1919 and 1935 and they lived on Westgate, Old Malton.
Leonard would have received his call-
On 6th April 1945 they were moved into Germany as part of 11th Armoured Division. The 11th Armoured had been held in reserve until 28 March, when it crossed the Rhine at Wesel. After crossing the Dortmund-
They continued toward the Osnabrück canal and after crossing via a captured bridge, moved towards the Weser, arriving there on 5 April.
A week later,on 12th April as the 11th Armoured acted on an agreement reached that day with the Germans, and advanced to liberate the concentration camp at Bergen-