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Offline mack

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hero of the resistance. 18th manchesters
« on: November 21, 2009, 09:00:44 AM »
cpl ben leech enlisted on 2nd november 1915,he was 25yrs old and worked as a barman at the marsland hotel,dorset st,ardwick,he was posted to the 18th manchesters as a replacement in 1916,he was slightly wounded by shrapnel,on 14th february 1917,he was reported missing on 21st march 1918 during the german march offensive but a letter from him to his family in may 1918 stated that he was alive and well,he was transferred to the 24th manchesters,on 18th november 1918,then on 21st january 1920 he returned to england for demobilisation
after the war,ben returned to france and began work with the imperial war graves commission,working in the thiepval,serre and beaumont hamel areas,during WW2 ben was part of a group who helped to smuggle allied airmen who had been shot down,back to england,many of those in his charge,were hidden in the gardeners sheds and other buildings at serre road No2 cemetery.
many menfolk from bens family have continued serving with the CWGC since

cpl 27354 benjamin,morris leech
60 railway st,gorton
father,robert

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my own research
michael stedmans book "the manchester pals"
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Re: hero of the resistance. 18th manchesters
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2019, 10:21:40 AM »
does anyone know if ben ever received any honours for what he did in WW2

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Re: hero of the resistance. 18th manchesters
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 12:26:17 PM »
There doesn‘t appear to be anything in the London Gazette.
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Re: hero of the resistance. 18th manchesters
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2019, 12:34:05 PM »
thanks Charlie
it seems a shame he received no honours.

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Re: hero of the resistance. 18th manchesters
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2019, 08:24:01 PM »
Mack. I recall seeing a photograph of him somewhere.Any idea where?
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Re: hero of the resistance. 18th manchesters
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2019, 08:28:36 PM »
just remembered where. Page 220 of Stedmans book.
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