|West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)||62150||15th & 17th Battalions|
Thomas was born in 1899 and after joining the army he was killed on 12th April 1918, aged nineteen. He was buried at Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery, Steenwerck, near Armentières.
1918 Crich voters
Thomas Edwin Leafe, Fritchley; absent on military service.
25 May 1918
PRISONER OF WAR
Sergt Arthur Smith, Fritchley
Gunner Jesse Barratt, Fritchley
Pte Thomas Leafe, Fritchley
1 June 1918
Mr E. Leafe, of Mount Pleasant, Frichley, has received further news with regard to his younger son, Private Thomas Leafe, West Yorks., Who was reported last week as missing. The news, which appears to confirm his relatives worst fears, was sent in by a soldier in a letter to relatives at Codnor. The writer states: “I’ve lost a good pal, Tom Leafe, of Ambergate. Fritz started sending shells over and one hit him.” The letters indicates that both were on sentry duty when this occurred. Private Leafe had been in France only 12 days. When in training quarters he met with considerable success on the running track, and was a member of the Battalion football team, which was comprised mainly of former League players, and included More of Derby County. Before joining up he was employed at the Castle Hosiery Works, Belper.
Medal Roll Index
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
|Name||LEAFE, THOMAS EDWIN|
|Regiment/Service||West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)|
|Date of Death||12/04/18|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Special Mem. A5.|
|Cemetery||LE GRAND BEAUMART BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK|
Soldiers' Effects Book
Thomas Edwin Leafe; 15/17th Bn West Yorks; Private 62150; died on or since 12.4.18; War Gratuity £5; paid out to:
11.6.19 father Edwin £7 11s 8d
|Edwin||Leafe||Head||38||Factory hand hosiery||Crich|
|Grace||Leafe||daughter||19||General Serv, domestic||Crich|
|Ann||Leafe||daughter||17||Factory hand hosiery||Crich|
|Harry||Leafe||son||15||Factory hand hosiery||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 8 page 7
|Edwin||Leafe||Head||48||Hosiery operative woollen||Crich|
|James||Leafe||son||17||Hosiery operative woollen||Fritchley|
RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN125
Thomas Leafe's brother James Leafe is also on the Roll of Honour.