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James Edgar Leach
Birth: Jul. 27, 1892
North Shields
Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside
Tyne and Wear, England
Death: Aug. 15, 1958
Shepherds Bush
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Greater London, England

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. As a young 22 year old Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, British Army during the First World War, he was given the Victoria Cross which is the highest and most prestigious award that can be given to a British soldier. His act of bravery came on October 29, 1914 near Festubert, France. On this day, the trench he was in had been taken by the Germans and after two attempts to recapture it failed he, along with sergeant John Hogan, volunteered to recover the trench themselves. Taking a few other men with them, they worked from traverse to traverse until they gradually succeeded in regaining possession and in the process they killed eight enemy soldiers, wounded two others and took sixteen prisoners. After the war, he served as a police officer in the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Today, his Victoria Cross is on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. (bio by: Whispers From The Grave) 
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: Mar 20, 2004
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James Edgar Leach
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Rest in peace old chap.
- derrick unwin
 Added: Apr. 2, 2016

- Jeannie
 Added: Nov. 16, 2015

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 Added: Jul. 27, 2015
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