Frederick Henry Leake

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Corporal

Service No:           26372

Unit:                     1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Frederick was born in Redfield, Bristol in 1894.  He was the 3rd child of James & Louisa Leake.  In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings at 37 Heber Street; his father was a Waggon Maker from Washwood Heath, Birmingham.  At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 28 Barratt Street Easton Bristol, 17 year old Frederick was employed as a presser. During the early months of 1916 Frederick married Elsie M. Sutton they were to live at 16 Hudds Hill Road, St. George, Bristol.

In August 1914 the 1st Battalion was stationed in Bordon, part of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Division, and was among the first British troops to disembark in Le Havre, on 13th August. The battalion saw action in the early battles of the war – Mons and the retreat, the Marne, the Aisne, First Ypres and Givenchy.

The division were engaged in all the battles on the Somme during 1916.

Frederick was killed in action on the 8th September 1916, he is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial. Pier & Face 5A and 5B.


Image by Doug Crew.

Frederick was awarded The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


1901 & 1911 census