Rank: Gunner
Number: 13636
Unit: 1st Trench Mortar Battery ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 27 May 1915
Age: 25
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Herbert Leeson and Elenah Campbell had married in 1875 in the Manchester area and would have at least ten children, of whom Sydney was the seventh. Herbert was a commercial traveller and, when the census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 209 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester. The spelling of his first name is uncertain – the census and military records have it as Sydney, whilst it appears to have been recorded as Sidney when his birth was registered.

Herbert died in 1914 and, by then, Sydney was living with one of his sisters, then a Mrs Patterson, at “The Lilacs”, Edgeley Road. He had also become a commercial traveller for the Manchester millinery firm of Henderson & Womand. In his spare time, he was a playing member of both the Cheadle Heath cricket and tennis clubs.

Sydney enlisted at Manchester on 2 September 1914 and trained at Preston and Woolwich Arsenal before going overseas in April 1915. On only his third tour of duty in the trenches, he was wounded in the head and was evacuated to 13th General Hospital at Boulogne, where he died.

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