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Leigh, Henry Godfrey Thomas (1884-1919)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Henry Godfrey Thomas Leigh (1884-1919), born 23 November 1884 in Treharris, Glamorgan, second son of Dr William Watkin Leigh and Jessie Louisa Leigh, of Llansannor House, Cowbridge, Glamorgan, later of Glyn Bargoed, Treharris, Glamorgan. Grandson of the Reverend Daniel Leigh, a former Rector of Llanfabon.


Attended May Place preparatory school, Malvern.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1899-1902.


Attended Downton Agricultural College.


1906, went to South Africa and took up farming in Zululand.


Member of the Public Schools Club and of the Overseas Club.


WW1, At outbreak of war joined the 8th South African Artillery as a gunner and served in German West Africa under General Botha.

Served in the Artillery Cadet School, Leckfield.

In July 1917, he joined and Officers' Training Corps at Cambridge.

In August 1918, he gazetted as Second Lieutenant in the Labour Corps.

In October 1918, went to France, but contracted influenza which developed into pneumonia and died at no.8, Red Cross Hospital, Boulogne, on 11 November 1919.


Commemorated at:

Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, IX. E. 8,%20HENR...


Memorial plaque, St Mabon Church, Llanfabon, Rhymney Valley, Mid-Glamorgan, Wales


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Merthyr Express, 23 November 1918:

‘Many will regret to learn of the death in France from influenza and pneumonia of Second Lieutenant H.G.T. Leigh, Labour Corps, second son of Dr W.W. Leigh, JP, and Mrs Leigh, Glynbargoed. The deceased officer who was in his 34th year, was educated at Sherborne, and Downton Agricultural College. About ten years ago he went to live in South Africa for the sake of his health, taking up the profession of farming. In 1915, he joined the South African Artillery and took part in the campaign in German West Africa under General Botha. At the conclusion of the fighting there he resumed farming but came over to England in 1917 and joined the Officers’ Training Corps at Cambridge. He was given a commission in the Labour Corps and spent a brief furlough at home about a month prior to going to France. He had only been a few weeks in France when he was taken ill and was removed to the 8th Red Cross Hospital at Boulogne. His illness became so serious that his father and mother were sent for and they proceeded to France to see him. Pneumonia set in, however, and after about ten days illness he passed away on November 11th and was buried the following day in the British Cemetery at Boulogne with full military honours.’

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