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Robert Brook (also known as Jerry) passed away in the Hamden House Nursing Home, Harrogate, on 24th April 2018, aged 89.


Robert joined the army as a National Serviceman in early 1947. initially as a member of The West Yorkshire Regiment, but early in 1948 he was posted as a Corporal to 1DWR at Strensal where the Battalion were training recruits for The Yorkshire and Northumbrian. Brigade.

On leaving the army in 1949 Robert qualified as an accountant and began a career in the field of public transport; progressing through various bus companies, before becoming the Chief Executive Officer and later, in 1985, the Chairman of The National Bus Company. Robert was awarded the CBE for services to public transport.

He remained a staunch supporter of the Dukes and made a generous donation to regimental funds after he and his wife Joan attended a fund raising dinner at Apsley House London prior to the tercentenary year.

His son Tim also served in the Dukes and later. The Yorkshire Volunteers.

For those wishing to send a condolence card to the family the address is:-  106 Kingsley Road, Harrogate. HG1 4RF.


Robert’s funeral was held at the Stainforth Cemetery, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG3 1DE. at 13:00hrs (1pm), on Monday, 14th May. 2018.


Notification advised by Lt-Col Walter Robbins (Rtd)