J Henry LEACH
Rank: Private
Number: 3084
Unit: 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 3 April 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

It is believed that Henry leach is commemorated twice on the Stockport Art gallery memorial - as H leach and as J H Leach. No separate mention can be found of a Henry Leach serving with the Cheshires.

He was the son of the Bridget Leach, 5 Kinder Street, Edgeley and worked for Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day Ltd, Hazel Grove. A devout Roman Catholic, he was closely connected with the Young Men's Society at Our Lady and the Apostles Church in Edgeley.

He enlisted in September 1914 and would have gone overseas during 1915. During March 1916, the Battalion was in training but, on 1 April moved forward to take over the "Moated Grange" sector near the French town of Neuve Chapelle. The Battalion History records "The trenches were all breastworks and in fairly good condition. Much mining was going on. Three companies and one platoon were in the front line, and three platoons in keeps. The rations here were brought up to the trenches by a light railway."

During the evening of 2 April, the Cheshires came under heavy artillery fire and it was probably at this time that Henry was wounded. He was evacuated from the trench and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station some miles away at Merville where he would have received emergency medial treatment. Nothing could be done to save his life and he is buried in the adjacent cemetery.

   
           
   
     
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