Walter Leach was born in Bradford in 1892, the second of four children born to Isaac Leach and his wife, Sarah Ann, nee Parker.At the time of hte 1911 census, the family were living in Great Horton, Bradford, and 18-year-old Walter was a labourer in a cotton dyehouse.He enlisted on the 19th of October 1915 as Bombadier 61918 in the 290th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. At the time he was working for G Armitage at Water Lane dyeworks.
Walter married Minnie Craven on the 10th June 1916 at St John’s Church, Great Horton. He was 23 years of age and gave his occupation as a soldier at Dover Castle. Minnie was 23 years of age.Two children were born to them, Kathleen in 1916 and Joseph in 1917.Little is known about Walter’s service on the Western Front but he died of wounds on the 27th of August 1918 caused by a bomb dropped from an enemy aircraft. He was 26 years of age.
He is buried at the Ligny-St.Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, used by the 33rd Casualty Clearing Stations where Walter died.His effects were left to his widow Minnie who received £7.4.7d on the 2nd November 1918 and a War Gratuity of £14.10s on the 3rd of December 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks