205263, Lance Corporal, John William LEADER
Aged 24

Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars
Died of his Wounds on Friday 20th April 1917

Born in Q4-1892 in Wroughton, Wiltshire (John Edward W.) [Highworth 5a:34] to William and Agnes LEADER (née ARMSTRONG) who married in Westerkirk, Dumfries in 1880.

1901 census...William John LEADER [9] was at Barcelona House, Wroughton, Wiltshire with his widower father William [45], racehorse trainer, born Wroughton; his sisters Annie [20] born Dumfrieshire; Rose [18] born Wroughton; Beatrice Jean [14] born Wroughton; Nest [12] and Elsie [10] both born Wroughton and his brother Reginald [3] also born in Wroughton. His mother had died in 1899.

1911 census...His father died in Newmarket in 1909, his younger brother Reginald was a boarder at school in Soham and two sisters were working away, no sign of John.

CWGC used Jack as his first name, his medal card has him as William J. and he is John on the war memorial

He enlisted in Churn, but was living in Newmarket. This residence is recorded by "Soldiers Died".

The regiment quoted by "Soldiers Died" is Household Cavalry and the battalion as Royal Bucks Hussars but it appears that John would have been with the 1/1st Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (where his number was 1113 according to his medal card. Unable to decypher the later entry with the number 205263. They were involved in the battle for Gaza in March/April 1917. The 2nd battle for Gaza was 17th-19th April 1917

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John is buried in Gaza War Cemetery - Ref: XX.D.10

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