Edwin LEAH
Rank: Private
Number: 62401
Unit: 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 20 October 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Edwin's birth is recorded as having been registered in the Stockport area between April and June 1891. Other than that, nothing is known about his private life.

Regimental records indicate he enlisted in Stockport and his service number confirms this will have been as a conscript at the end of 1916 or in early 1917. On 20 October 1917, the Battalion was near Boesinghe - a small village just north of the town centre of Ypres (now Ieper). The unit War Diary  makes no mention of casualties but says that throughout the late afternoon and evening the men were employed in carrying duckboards up to the front line for the construction of duckboard tracks. After weeks of rain, the battle field was deep in mud and these tracks were the only practical way of moving around. Edwin has no known grave and it is possible that, in the dark, he fell into a water-filled shellhole and could not get out again.

Only three days later, another local man named Leah (Edward Leah) was also reported to have been killed. They may well have been related.

   
           
   
     
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