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Offline Robert Bonner

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Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« on: March 05, 2012, 12:26:28 PM »
I would be grateful for any information on 17680 JN Leather. One of the original members of the 20th Battalion. As Sergeant died on 4 September 1916 of his wounds received on 25 September.     Home at Holmen Villa, Walmesley Road, Bury.

I would particularly like to know his civilian occupation.

Robert
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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 01:29:55 PM »
Good morning Bob,

Leather, John Norman, b. 1893, Bury, Lancashire.  1911 census, Holman Villa, 205, Walmersley Road, Bury, Lancs. Accountant's Articled Clerk at the 1911 Census.

Cheers, George.

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 01:34:22 PM »
hiya robert.
L/sgt leather trained as a accountants articled clerk,by the time the war began,he would have passed this apprenticeship and been a accountant,i dont know who he worked for,but his father was part of the firm holgate,fishwick+leather
son of george,wood and mary,elizabeth leather,holmens villa,205 walmersley rd,bury
old boy of bury grammar school
his father died on 6th october 1937 at hilda ave nursing home,tottington near bury

mark hone may be of better help,hes the master of bury grammar,and hes compiling a roll of honour for the school,he may have a photo,hes a member on here but doesnt come on much,also on the GWF

mack ;D
ps.holgate,fishwick+leather are still in operation

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 04:01:09 PM »
Mack & George,

Many thanks.  A real help - as always.
Robert
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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 07:02:51 PM »
As Mack mentions, I am researching the Roll of Honour of Bury Grammar School, where I am the Head of History. Here is a photo of Sergeant Leather, from the 'Bury Times Memorial Book'.

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 01:31:16 PM »
Robert,
Did you find out anything more about Jack Leather? I'm particularly interested in anything about his enlistment and the exact circumstances of his death.

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2013, 02:44:42 PM »
Mark.
Sadly I have been unable to discover very much more about John N. Leather apart from his having died on 25 September 1916, at 21 Casualty Clearing Station, of wounds received,in action on Monday 4 September 1916 aged 24 years.

Army Chaplain the Reverend RF Wearmouth wrote to his parents at Holmen Villa, Walmersley Road, Bury on the 27th September saying that their son had been very patient during his stay at the CCS and had expected to pull through.

Presumably he was one of the many other ranks wounded in the attack on Ginchy village.
Robert

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2013, 03:08:03 PM »
Thanks for that. I am in (very) long range planning for our 2016 school tour to the Somme, which is likely to focus on the Bury Grammar boys who served with the Manchester Pals. A sobering statistic is that while the overall Bury Grammar death rate of those known to have served is 16%, for the 22 who joined battalions of the Pals it was 60%, including all those who reached NCO rank.

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2013, 11:22:00 AM »
Robert-Is the letter amongst the items donated to the Regimental museum by the family?

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Re: Sgt Jack Leather, 20th Bn
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2013, 10:48:16 AM »
Mark.

Yes.  Held in the regimental archives in the Local Studies Library.
If you intend going there I suggest that you just check opening hours, as they have changed recently.
Robert