Images courtesy of Carol Richards.

image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper


Born: 1896, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 18th April 1918; age 22; KiA. Served 6 years & 30 days.

Residence: 116, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Turner – E. R. and F. Turner, Grey Friars, Ipswich.

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.



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.

Formerly Private, 1540, Royal Army Medical Corps,


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Body identified by the Graves Registration Unit.


Grave Reference:


Godewaersvelde British Cemetery,



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.

(Jack) John, 51, a Maltster’s Labourer.

Lucy, 46.

William, 19, a Moulder – Iron Foundry.

James, 17, a Plumber – Builder.

Lucy, 12.

Elsie Elizabeth Leach, 10, born Ipswich.


Frederick was for many years a member of the 1st Ipswich Troop of  Scouts.


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.


In August 1920, Jack Leach received his late son’s Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Soldiers’ Effects to Lucy Leach – mother.


Frederick is also remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.

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.

Royal Army Medical Corps, 88th Field Ambulance:


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  • Thank you for publishing this on the anniversary of my Great Uncle’s death. My Father, Frederick James Leach, was named after his late Uncle and his father and has other photographs. Would you be interested in seeing them ? My cousin, Carol Richards has already been in contact.


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