Private Percy John Leach was killed 6th August 1915 in action at Gallipoli. He was with the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Service No. 17180.
Percy Leach was born Clifton on Dunsmore near Rugby 1897 and baptised 10th April 1897 at St. Mary’s Church Clifton on Dunsmore. His parents were George and Emma Leach. Percy’s father was an engine driver for the railway. He was the third child of eight children. Percy appears on the census on 1891 as a 4 year old, the family living at Cambridge Street Rugby. By the 1901 census Percy is 14 years old and a pupil teacher and his father, George is a railway locomotive engine driver, living at 96 Oxford Street Rugby. Ten years later, on the 1911 census, Percy is with his elder married sister, Emma Hewitt, in St. Albans, is 24 years of age, unmarried and a railway engine fitter.
When he enlisted, at Rugby, into the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Service Number 13465, he was employed in the Turbine Department at the B.T.H.
He was an Old Murrayian and was engaged at that school as a pupil teacher after which he worked several years with the L. & N. W Railway in the engine shops. At the time of his death the family were living at 53 Claremont Road Rugby. He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment in June 1915 and was posted as missing 7th August 1915. His family were asking if anyone had any knowledge of his fate to communicate with them.
In August 1921 his family put a memoriam to him in The Rugby Advertiser ‘In loving memory of Percy John Leach reported missing at Sulva Bay, August 6th 1915. Always in the thoughts of Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters. “Thy will be done”.’
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM