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Rooke, David Bedford

Date of birth:
December 14th, 1915
Service number:
67174
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Served as a Major on the staff of 21 Army Group, SHAEF.

30 January, 1936: 2nd Lieutenant
? Lieutenant
30 January, 1944: Captain
30 January 1949: Major
21 September, 1950 retirement & granted the hon. rank of Lt.-Col.

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Rank:
Lieutenant
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1939
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Awarded on:
March 22nd, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, 130st Infantry Brigade, 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1945
Awarded for:
Operation Blackcock
On 23 Jan 45 Major D Rooke was commanding this battalion in the absence of his CO. The Bn objectives were the villages of PUTT and WALDENRATH and an advance of about 3000 yards was made across country in kangaroos in the dark. PUTT was captured by first light and then the advance to WALDENRATH started. Almost immediately a minefield was struck and flails had to be brought up to clear gaps for the tanks and crocodiles. The final objective was captured together with 5 officers and 203 OR prisoners and there were very few casualties. There were so many mines in the area that no physical contact with the Battalion could be made until late that night.
Major Rooke was constantly with the forward coys and I consider that owing to his drive and enthusiasm and his careful planning the success of this operation was largely due... (the rest appears to be missing)
Second MC awarded as a Bar.
Military Cross (MC)

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