William Henry Leigh (1889-1915)

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An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

LEIGH, WILLIAM HENRY. Private. Malay States Volunteer Rifles. Born Almondbury, Huddersfield 6.10.1889. Son of Joseph and Ellen Leigh, 38 Wormald Street, Almondbury. Educated Almondbury Church of England School and Huddersfield Technical College. After leaving school was employed as a barrister's clerk by Mr. J. H. Dransfield. At the age of 21 he secured a position with Messrs Guthrie and Sons, foreign and colonial rubber merchants, of London. After nine months he went out to Singapore to work on one of the Singapore and Penang rubber plantations. At the outbreak of war in Europe he wanted to return home to Huddersfield as he had been a member of the local Territorials but was persuaded to stay in Singapore and join the Malay States Volunteer Rifles. Was killed during the Singapore Mutiny on 15.2.1915, aged 25 years. Buried KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, SINGAPORE. Grave location:- Plot 37, Row G, Grave 1.
ROH:- Almondbury War Memorial.

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