Alfred LEATHER
Rank: Private
Number: 6270
Unit: A Company, 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 25 (based on 1901 Census information)
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Alfred was the son of Samuel and Frances Leather and the younger brother of Herbert, also remembered on the Cheadle Memorial. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living at 7 Brooklyn Street, Cheadle, where Samuel was working as a farmhand. Apart from Alfred and Herbert, there was an older brother, Percy and three younger children, Robert, Mabel and Lizzie. By late 1918, Samuel and Frances were living at 20 Massie Street, Cheadle.

At the beginning of September 1914, he enlisted into the first of the Manchester Pals Battalions. Details of their recruitment and training can be found here. He was assigned to No. 1 Platoon, "A" Company. He was amongst the first 70 or so to join the Pals - another 6500 would follow.

Alfred was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme described here.

   
           
   
     
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