image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper
Born: 1896, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Died: 18th April 1918; age 22; KiA.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 25th March 1912; age 17 years & 1 month. Signed up for a duration of 4 years. Height: 5ft 3 ins.
Date of Entry Therein: 31st March 1915 – Egypt.
Service: Admitted to hospital wounded – Malta – 29th July 1915. Transferred to Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta – 5th April 1916. Joined Depot from Malta – Mustapha 2nd May 1916 – proceeded to 29th Division 11th May 1916. H.T. Transylvania from Malta disembarked May 1916. Embarked for Marseilles – disembarked Marseilles 26th May 1916. Leave 22nd – 28th June – 7 days. Posted 11th July 1916 – in the field – 88th Field Ambulance. Retained in the service from 20th March 1917.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 473052
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 88th Field Ambulance.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Lucy Leach, of 116, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
1901 37, Fore Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John Leach, 41, a Corn Porter – Dock, born Ipswich.
Lucy Leach (nee Gladwell), 36, born Ipswich.
William John Leach, 9, born Ipswich.
James Walter Leach, 7, born Ipswich.
Lucy Lydia Leach, 2, born Ipswich.
1911 111, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.
John, 51, a Maltster’s Labourer.
William, 19, a Moulder – Iron Foundry.
James, 17, a Plumber – Builder.
Elsie Elizabeth Leach, 10, born Ipswich.
On the 2nd August 1918, John Leach received Frederick’s personal effects:
Letters, photos, pipe, diary & note book, religious book, wallet, cards. flask, silver cigarette case, ring, fountain pen, wrist watch & strap.
Frederick is also remembered on Holy Trinity Church memorial.
The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.