Robert Leigh REDFERN
Rank: Private
Number: 2462
Unit: 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 June 1915
Age: 23
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Leigh Redfern was born in Manchester in 1891, the son of John and Alice who later came to live at The Gables, Bramhall and brother of Alfred. The two men owned and ran the family brush making firm of James Redfern & Co, 75 Market Street, Market Street, Manchester. Leigh worshipped with his family at Bramhall Wesleyan Church and was a strong supporter of the Church’s Sunday School. A keen sportsman, he played for Bramhall Cricket Club and was secretary of the Football Club.

As with many local sportsmen, he enlisted into the Battalion just after War was declared in August 1914 and you can read an account of their early months of training and service in Egypt by clicking here. On 6 May, they landed at Gallipoli ready to go into action. After his first tour of duty in the trenches, Leigh sprained his ankle but stayed at duty for two weeks before having to report to the medical officer. He was sent to a hospital ship moored just off the peninsula and, in his last letter home on 31 May, wrote that he was anxious to get back to his comrades. He was, indeed, deemed fit enough to return on 3 May and was killed in the major attack the next day.

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