Henry Alan Brooke
10th Royal Hussars
Lieutenant 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales Own)
Service No 259934
Killed in action on 17th April 1945 near Ravenna, Italy, age 21
Henry was commissioned into the 10th Hussars in 1942. He served with his regiment in the armoured and dismounted infantry roles in North Africa and Italy as part of the 8th Army . In December 1944, after being wounded the previous November he received the Military Cross (gazetted March 12th 1945). A brother officer wrote: Henry has just got the MC, he has desereved it over and over again.
As the war drew to a close Henry's regiment took part in Operation Grapeshot, the Spring Offensive into the Lombardy Plain of northern Italy, which ended with the surrender of German forces in Italy. He was killed in action near Ravenna and is buried in Ravenna War Cemetery Plot 1 row C Grave 29
Henry was awarded the Military Cross, the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star and the War medal 1939-45.
Henry was the third and yougest son of Sir Basil Stanlake Brooke PC, CBE, MC, DL, MP; 5th Baronet, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland from Colebrooke, Brookborough, County Fermanagh. His mother, Lady Brooke, was born Cynthia Mary Sergison. His brother Basil Brooke, a Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards was killed in Tunisia in 1943. Their uncle, Lord Alanbrooke, was Chief of the Imperial General Staff for most of WWII. Before attending Gordonstoun Henry was at Winchester School for two years.