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  • Name: James Edgar LEACH
  • D.O.B: 27th July, 1894
  • D.O.A: 29th October, 1914
  • D.O.D: 15th August, 1958
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment

Near Festubert, France 29 October 1914

29 October 1914

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The First World War 1914 

To the south of Armentières the Germans sought to break through the Allied line in the Battle of La Bassée. They failed, though they did drive the line back. On the morning of 29 October 1914 the Germans shelled the Manchesters near Festubert, west of La Bassée, and in the assault which followed managed to enter their trenches. In the afternoon, 2nd Lieutenant J E Leach and Sergeant J Hogan with a small party of volunteers retook the trenches and held their ground under heavy shelling.


 For conspicuous bravery near Festubert on 29th October, when, after their trench had been taken by the Germans, and after two attempts at recapture had failed, they voluntarily decided on the afternoon of the same day to recover the trench themselves, and, working from traverse to traverse at close quarters with great bravery, they gradually succeeded in regaining possession, killing eight of the enemy, wounding two, and making sixteen prisoners. 

The London Gazette of 22 December 1914, Numb. 29015, p. 10920

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