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Private Wilfred Bentley Leek

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Wilfred Bentley Leek is commemorated at Lister Lane Cemetery on the gravestone of grave 1459

 

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Ruth Ann, the beloved wife of John Wm. Leek, died June 15th 1907, aged 41 years.

Also Wilfred Bentley, their son, killed in action is France, Sep. 27th 1915, aged 21 years.

May their souls through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Also their children Maud Asquith aged 2 months

Constance Asquith aged 9 years

 

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Wilfred Bentley Leek was the son of John William and Ruth Ann Leek, and the grandson of William Bentley. He was educated at Halifax Secondary School and following a move from Illingworth to Manningham, Bradford in 1910, he worked as a commecial traveller.

 

Prior to enlisting in January 1915, he was a member of the Bradford City Volunteers. After training at Eastbourne, he was sent to France on 2nd September 1915. He died from wounds on 27th September 1915, aged 21.

 

At the time of Wilfred's death, his elder brother Frank Bentley Leek was an assistant paymaster with the Royal Navy Reserves and another brother, Horace Bentley Leek was with the Bradford 2nd Pals at Salisbury.

 

He was buried at Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference I. E. 20. (CWGC)

Source of biographical information including the image of Private Wilfred Bentley Leek:

The Halifax Courier, dated October 16th,1915

 

CWGC: Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission