Edwin Leafe (1897–1956)


East Yorkshire Regiment 22573 5th Battalion; A Coy

Photos courtesy Andy Leafe

Edwin Leafe in 1924

Edwin in 1924

Edwin Leafe in 1940

Edwin in 1940s

Edwin was born in Crich Carr in about 1898 to John and Thirza Leafe. His father worked at Lea Mills and Edwin joined him there when he left school. He enlisted in February 1916 and was discharged in December 1917 having been awarded the Silver War Badge. He returned to live at Fern Leigh in Holloway and to work at Lea Mills.

Edwin Leafe married Sarah Edith Millward in 1924 at Holloway United Methodist Church

Photo courtesy Andy Leafe

Edwin Leafe's marriage in 1924

On the original, badly damaged, Lea Mills Roll of Honour there used to be a small photograph of Edwin. This would probably have been taken from the set of three postcards produced showing most of the volunteers. A possible unidentified photograph from that set is as follows:

leamills postcard ww1

Possibly Edwin Leafe

Medal Roll
Enlisted 19/02/16
Discharged 11/12/19 Para 392 (xvi) KR
(a) Badge 8-19-1917 (b) Medal
Fernleigh, Holloway

Silver War Badge
Edwin Leafe 225731. Private, East Yorks Regt, enlisted 19/2/1916 discharged 11/12/1917, badge B139692


1901: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John W Leafe Head 31 Power framework knitter, works Crich
Thirza Leafe wife 28   Woodborough, Notts
Mabel Leafe daughter 4   Crich
Edwin Leafe son 3   Crich

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1911: Fern Leigh, Holloway

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Leafe Head 41 Cotton patent framework knitter hosiery Crich
Thirza Leafe wife 38   Woodborough
Mabel Leafe daughter 14 Framework knitter, runner on, hosiery Crich
Edwin Leafe son 13 School Crich
Alice Leafe daughter 9 School Crich Carr
Doris Leafe daughter 6 School Crich Carr
Joyce Leafe daughter 4 mo   Holloway

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1939 Register: 45 Park Drive, Baldock, Herts
Edwin Leafe b.4 November 1897; power framework knitter, hosiery machine
Sarah E Leafe b.5 February 1899
three closed records