George Thomas Ralph Leeks

Rank: Private

Service Number: 270097

Date of Birth: 1889

Regiment:  2/6 Bn Manchester Regiment

Date of Death: 12 January 1918

Age at death: 28

Cemetery / Memorial: Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery

Country: France

Grave / Reference: IV. F. 38

Relatives: Husband of Lilian Mabel Leeks

Address: 36 Calais Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

George was born in 1889 at Great Waldringfield and spent his early life with his family living at various places in the Sudbury area.  In 1909 he married a Hadleigh girl, Lilian Mabel Willis and set up home at 36 Bridge Street and had a daughter called Rose.

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Note - incorrect house number on certificate

Note - incorrect house number on certificate

George Leeks’ military movements are unclear, although he seems to have been conscripted into the Norfolk Regiment early in 1917 and then transferred to the 2/6th Manchesters.  He was in Belgium with the Manchesters in the summer of 1917 and no doubt saw lots of action in the lead up to and during the Third battle of Ypres. The Manchesters went on to take part in the Battle of Poelcapelle in October 1917 which led to the taking of the Passchendaele ridge. Although it came at a cost; 19 dead, 7 missing, 78 wounded and 70 taken sick. George Leeks was himself taken sick at some point later and transferred to a field hospital at St Omer where he died on 12 January 1918 aged just 28. 

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George was buried in a communal grave at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery and is remembered on the Hadleigh War Memorial.


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