4189181 Private Charles Leah Cheshire Regt attached 113 Coy AMPC

Discussion in '1940' started by sebfrench76, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. sebfrench76

    sebfrench76 Senior Member

    Hello chaps!
    Yesterday,i was driving on the very small roads in the vicinity of Rouen,and in Grainville sur Ry,in a very quiet cimetery near a quite nice church,i spotted this grave.You surely know this poor soul,anyway i photographied his last place,cause the sun was absolutely gorgeous,and the flowers on his grave touched me deeply..
     

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  2. Owen

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  3. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Like so many of the graves that can be found along the way of the withdrawal of certain BEF units who were instructed to make for the western France ports for evacuation.Above the Luffewaffe commanded air supremacy.

    There were many Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps companies who took the route to St Nazaire namely,12,13,18,26,28,39,43,46,50,53,56,61,62,67,73,75,82,93,104,106,108,
    113,115,150,208 and 233. All destined for the Lancastria.

    Also included was the 7th Battalion.Cheshire Regiment.... maybe Private C Leah was travelling with his parent unit.

    Stayed at Auppegard,outside Dieppe, a couple of years ago and visited the local churchyard where I found 3 British casualties,all mid June and obviously casualties that occurred as the BEF withdrew south west.
     
  4. grimmy

    grimmy Guest

    Not forgotten:
     

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  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Blimey, where did you find that ?
     
  6. sebfrench76

    sebfrench76 Senior Member

    That's what i call a detective...Impressive!
    So let's have a thought for him.
     
  7. grimmy

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  8. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Excellent that Charles Leah has been remembered by the insertion of Seb's post.

    Just one point from the newspaper cutting indicates that he died on 9 June 1940 in Belgium and not the official date of 8 June 1940.Is it possible that he was wounded in Belgium and died when being evauated via the south west and was interred on the withdrawal?

    However,the newspaper cutting was raised in 1940 and I would have thought that the precise details of his death would have been firmed up immediately after the war when the circumstances of his death would have been investigated for confirmation.
     
  9. grimmy

    grimmy Guest

    His uncle, another Charles, was in the 12th (Service) Bn, Cheshire Regt in WW1. The family originally came from the Stockport area.

    The 'baby son', mentioned in the press cutting, died in Birkenhead in 2001.

    The photographs, from a family history website, were only posted online 3 days ago. What are the chances of that?
     
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  10. PeterG

    PeterG Senior Member Patron

    The power of the Internet, Google, and the excellence of this site are all fully demonstrated here. Superb work!
     
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    All 3 Cheshire Battalions evacuated through Dunkirk/Bray Dunes at the end of May according to the war diaries and Crookenden's WW2 history of the regiment.

    I doubt he would have been wounded in a earlier engagement and treated as he is buried alone, I think the mention of Belgium in the press cutting is an error as is the date. CCS locations can be given away but a large number of casualties over a wide date range and a variety of cap badges in a CWGC cemetery as far as the BEF goes.

    My best guess is either:

    Seperated from his unit and shot by the Germans or Captured and shot whilst trying to escape. At this stage I can't think of any other reason for him being so far West unless he was attached to another unit as a Driver or Batman etc.

    Great finds, interesting posts just a shame we don't know his unit.
     
  12. grimmy

    grimmy Guest

    One more pic, Charles and his mother:
     

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  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Are we sure we are talking about the same person? Looking at his Collar Dogs and Cap Badge in more detail it looks more like one of the Fusilier regiments ?
     
  14. grimmy

    grimmy Guest

    The press cutting does state that he was originally with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers-That me running before I walked.
     
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    This is a loverly photo though-Makes me quite sad knowing what was to happen to him. I don't suppose you know if they have his service records?
    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=91527&d=1348482913
     
  17. grimmy

    grimmy Guest

    This is a loverly photo though-Makes me quite sad knowing what was to happen to him. I don't suppose you know if they have his service records?


    I've not actually been in contact with the family - but I can try.
     
  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    If you wouldn't mind, It would be good to ID his Battalion-I am curious, especially are seeing that last picture. I'll copy the BEF Cheshires Missing men file this week if I get time.
     
  19. grimmy

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    I've left a them a message on their website - unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a way of contacting them directly.
     
  20. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Well done Grimmy.

    Regards
    Tom (Fellow Prestonian in exile)
     

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