Captain, Robert Edward LEACH
Army Veterinary Corps, attached 64th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Born in Newmarket in Q4-1887 [Newmarket 3b:504] to Edward Hugh and Harriet Alicia LEACH (née HARRISON) of 6 Queensbury Buildings,
Upper Station Road, (now Old Station Road) Newmarket.
1891 census...Robert  was at 6 Queensbury Buildings, Upper Station Road, Newmarket with his father Edward, veterinary surgeon, born Wigan; his mother Harriett  born Ripon, and brother Harold H  and sister Gladys M [5 months]. All the children were born in Newmarket.
1901 census...Robert  was at school in Cambridge, at The Leys School. His parents; sister Galdys and Eveyn  born Newmarket; and brother Noel  also born Newmarket, were living at The Chestnuts, High Street, Newmarket.
1911 census...Robert  was a student veterinary surgeon with his father's practice, living at the Chestnuts, High Street, Newmarket with his parents, brother Harold and sisters Gladys and Evelyn.
He enlisted in Newmarket. Dying of his wounds makes it difficult to locate where and when he was wounded, until such time as his army records may be found at Kew. The date and cemetery indicate he was involved in some phase of the 3rd Battle of Ypres|
64th Brigade R.F.A. war diary was not found, but thanks to Nick Miller, amongst his grandfather's belonging was the page required. The Brigade war diary has:-
29th Nov.- Weather fair. Batteries took up about 700 rds of ammunition each. The enemy shelled wagon lines and Vlamertinghe area all the afternoon and during the night. Capt.Leach A.V.C. and 2nd Lieut Mculloch A/64 were wounded and several ..?.. and about 10 horses were killed. Capt.Leach died at No.24 Field Ambulance.
On the 29th November 2015 he was subject of one reading at the Menin Gate, Ypres. His service record has not yet been found at the National Archives
photo by courtesy of great nephew Patrick Jeffers
© Roy Beardsworth
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