All efforts to find Edward Leah in official military records have failed, yet his death is well recorded locally. His full name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial (no doubt to distinguish him from Edwin Leah who died only three days apart from him) and indicates he was serving with the Cheshire Regiment. Preliminary reports, for the 1917 edition of the Cheshire Year Book, indicate a date of death as above. The Stockport Express, 20 December 1917, carried and "in memoriam" notice from his "loving wife, mother and father of 25 St Petersburg Road, Edgeley":-
"Sleep on, dear husband, in a far-off land
Too far away, thy grave to see
But as long as life and memory last
We shall always think of thee"
However, there is no Edward Leah listed as a casualty in the Regimental records, nor is there an obvious candidate in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Unless further information comes to light, Edward Leah will remain a mystery. He is, presumably, the 26 year old man recorded in the 1901 Census as having been born in Liverpool and then living in Stockport and working as a cotton doubler.