Harold LEIGH
Rank: Private
Number: 14618
Unit: 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 22 October 1918
Cemetery: Hautmont Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Little is known about Harold Leigh other than he had been born in the parish of St Paul's C of E Church, Portwood, Stockport and had enlisted in the town. His service number indicates he volunteered in September 1914.

Military records indicate that he "died". This usually means from natural causes (as opposed to "died of wounds"). The town of Hautmont was in German hands until about  8 November 1918, so it is reasonable to assume that he had been captured and was a prisoner of war when he died.

Harold's service medals remain in the family and information recently received from a descendent indicates he had two sisters and a brother, Doris, Polly and Sam.  Sam also served in the War, probably with the Marines.  Polly later married John Ratcliffe.

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