Arthur Leafe (1882–1952)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 2981 6th (Reserve) Battalion

Arthur and James Leafe were the sons of a hosiery worker. In October 1914, at the time of his enlistment, Arthur was living at Clay Cross. He was embodied for service with the 6th Foresters, but was discharged as medically unfit for war service in December. He only served 47 days and was not entitled to the Silver war Badge. One wonders how the medic found him fit on 19 October 1914 and then unfit for service on 4 December 1914. He relocated to Sheffield and remained a resident there for the rest of his life working as a railway labourer. He married Lilian G Swetnam in 1927 September qtr (Sheffield reg district). In 1954, after Arthur's death, Lilian married Sidney Hill .

Army Pension Record
He attested at Clay Cross on 19 October 1914, aged 32 years 4 month; a single labourer, born at Crich. He was 5ft 2in tall, weighing 139lb, with brown eyes and black hair – a Baptist. His next of kin was his father Edwin Leafe and sister Kate Leafe (of Holloway).
He was discharged medically unfit for military service 04 December 1914.

Arthur's brother James Leafe is also on the Roll of Honour


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edwin Leafe Head 55 Rotary Rib Hand Woodborough, Notts
Mary Leafe wife 48   Crich
John Leafe son 21 Rotary Pant Hand Crich
George Leafe son 18 Factory Clerk Crich
James Leafe son 15 Factory Hand Crich
Kate Leafe daughter 11 Scholar Crich
Arthur Leafe son 8 Scholar Crich
Samuel Leafe son 7 Scholar Crich

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1901: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edwin Leafe Head 55 Factory hand Woodbury, Notts
Mary A Leafe wife 57   Crich
Mary J Leafe daughter 22 Factory hand Crich
Kate Leafe daughter 21 Factory hand Crich
Arthur Leafe son 18 Factory hand Crich
Samuel Leafe son 17 Sawyer Crich
Peter W Taylor son in law (wdwr) 37 General labourer Crich
Mary A Taylor g.daughter 11   Crich
Harriet Taylor g.daughter 9   Crich
Kate Taylor g.daughter 6   Crich
James Ambrose boarder 40 General labourer Wigan

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1911: Egstow St. Clay Cross

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Mary Ann Leafe Head (wdw) 66   Crich
Arthur Leafe son 28 General labourer Crich
Samuel Leafe son 26 Coal miner, dattaler Crich
Harriet Taylor g.daughter 19 General servant, domestic Fritchley

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1939 Register: Masters Road, Mayfield
Arthur Leafe b.28 June 181882; railway labourer
Lilian G Hill (Leafe) b.5 August 1894