Author Topic: Ben Leach  (Read 2953 times)

Offline johnno

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Ben Leach
« on: April 19, 2011, 10:53:16 AM »
Hi folks.
   I came across this short paragraph whilst reading a book about the Somme.

" The gardener at Serre road Cemetery No2, Ben Leach, who had taken part in the capture of Montauban on the 1 July 1916 with the Manchester Pals stayed on after the German Occupation and, working with the French resistance , helped twenty-seven Allied airmen who had been shot down over the Somme escape to the Spanish border. He hid many of them in the Cemetery tool shed". He sounds an interesting chap and I was wondering if anyone has any further details on him. Thanks Chaps. IJ.

Offline harribobs

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Re: Ben Leach
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 10:22:52 PM »
i haven't got my pals battalions CDs here but it may be worth looking to see if he's mentioned there
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Re: Ben Leach
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 10:28:05 PM »
On page 220 of Stedmans book "Manchester Pals" there is a photo and a brief description of  Ben Leechs time at Serre Rd. Also see Macks post here

http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?topic=3805.0
« Last Edit: April 19, 2011, 10:38:16 PM by kingo »
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