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Roll Call Corporal Robert A Leake, Dr {Tony } – 19 November 2015

Tony’ Leake enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers on 24 October 1942.

Having volunteered for airborne forces and completed a parachute course he was posted to the 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion, where he was assigned to 6 Platoon, B Company.

He took part in the Normandy landings and was wounded on 17 August 1944.

After his recovery he transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to 224 Parachute Field Ambulance, with whom he parachuted across the Rhine on Operation Varsity, in March 1945. By this time he had been promoted to Corporal.

He stayed with 6th Airborne Division and went to Palestine.

After his discharge from the Army he became a Doctor.

‘Tony’ carried out extensive research about his battalion and its part in the Normandy campaign for the Airborne Forces Museum throughout the 1980’s and through into the turn of the century.

He was number 3 of the 12 D-Day veterans whose portraits were specially commissioned by the Prince of Wales and featured in ‘The Last of the Tide’ on show in The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace to mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day.

‘Tony’ Leake died on Thursday, 19 November 2105.

By Bob Hilton

Listed Operations

01/09/1945 – 30/06/1948 Palestine
06/06/1944 – 27/08/1944 Normandy (Operation Overlord)
24/03/1945 – 02/05/1945 Rhine Crossing (Operation Varsity)
26/03/1945 – 02/05/1945 Advance to the Baltic

Airborne Forces service history

1943-1944 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion, (Corporal)
1945-1947 224 Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC, (Corporal)

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