Thomas Edwin Leafe (1899–1918)


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.

Derbyshire Courier
25 May 1918

Sergt Arthur Smith, Fritchley
Gunner Jesse Barratt, Fritchley
Pte Thomas Leafe, Fritchley

Derbyshire Courier
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.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials T E
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Unit 15th/17th Bn.
Date of Death 12/04/18
Service No 62150
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Special Mem. A5.

War graves certificate for Thomas Leafe in WW1

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


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edwin Leafe Head 38 Factory hand hosiery Crich
Sarah S Leafe wife 37   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
James Leafe son 7   Crich
Thomas E Leafe son 1   Crich

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edwin Leafe Head 48 Hosiery operative woollen Crich
Sarah Strutt Leafe wife 47   Bullbridge
Rose Leafe daughter 21   Fritchley
James Leafe son 17 Hosiery operative woollen Fritchley
Thomas Edwin Leafe son 11 School Fritchley

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