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By Richard Milnes     Nov 16, 2013 in World
Middlesbrough - Decorated army veteran Frederick Leach passed away at the age of 94 on Nov. 6 at Briarwood Care Home in Eston, about five miles from Middlesbrough in northeast England, and there are concerns that he will have nobody to attend his funeral.
Fredrick Leach was a private in B Company of the 1st Battalion, Green Howards, when they encountered advancing Nazis in Norway, in 1940.
Despite being heavily outnumbered and outgunned they held their line against the Germans.
Gazette Live reports that in 2005 Frederick Leach was invited to meet King Harald of Norway on the 60th anniversary of the country’s liberation. He was honoured for his part in Norway’s liberation as the last surviving Green Howard.
Mr Leach’s funeral is in the process of being arranged by Redcar and Cleveland Council and will be paid for from his estate. Anyone who can help trace Frederick’s family can call Redcar and Cleveland Council on 01642 771652.
About a week ago an appeal for attendance at the Armistice Day funeral in Lytham St Annes, northwest England of Dambusters veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival resulted in hundreds of strangers attending after the cause was shared on social media sites and picked up by the mainstream media.
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