Fred Leatham (c.1882-1922)

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Biography

Fred Leatham was the son of agricultural labourer William Leatham and his wife Alice (née Brook).

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family was living on 76 Bradley Road, Huddersfield. By 1901, they were living at 23 Leeds Road, Huddersfield[1], where Fred was working as a horse teamer.

He married Elizabeth Ann Wedgwood, daughter of miner Joseph Wedgewood, on 30 May 1903 at St. Peter's, Birstall, and they had two known children:

  • Harry Leatham (1903-1974)[2]
  • Fred Leatham (1915-1988)[3]

In 1911, they were living at 6 Speedwell Street, Paddock, and Fred was working as a carter.

After serving in the Army, he was demobbed in May 1919. By the following year, he'd been admitted to the West Riding Asylum. After being transferred to Storths Hall Asylum he died on 2 January 1922.

Elizabeth Ann Leatham died in 1960.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

LEATHAM, FRED. Gunner. No 29177. Royal Field Artillery. Born Huddersfield. Lived 2 Crosland Court, Brow Road, Paddock, Huddersfield. Died at Storths Hall Asylum, of double pneumonia, on 2.1.1922.

Locations

  1. Listed as 257 Leeds Road North in the 1900 Directory.
  2. Born 5 September 1903.
  3. Born 3 December 1915.