BORN MANCHESTER 10/07/1872. SON OF MICHAEL HENRY LEAHY (1832-1897) AND MARY BARLOW (1826-1901). HIS PARENTS WERE FROM IRELAND AND MARRIED IN BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, ON 22/06/1856. WILLIAM WAS ONE OF SIX CHILDREN. HE MARRIED MARY ELIZABETH BARNABY ( 1879-1955) ON 12/12/1897, AT ST WILFRED’S, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, HULL. HIS WIDOW MARY & THEIR FIVE CHILDREN LIVED AT, 11 HERBERT’S TERRACE, STRICKLAND STREET, HULL; 3 GRANVILLE TERRACE, HESSLE ROAD AND AT 6 IVY VILLAS, SELBY STREET, HULL. HE WORKED AS A DOCKSIDE LABOURER.
DURING THE WAR, WILLIAM SERVED IN THE ROYAL NAVAL RESERVES, AS A COAL TRIMMER. HE DROWNED DURING ENEMY ACTION, ON 16/01/1917, AGED 43. HE IS BURIED AT HULL WESTERN CEMETERY.
In July 1915, North Sea, off Aberdeen: ‘Cameo’, Admiralty trawler, 172/1898, Hull-registered, hired 2/15, 1-12pdr (ap – 3pdr), Skipper Albert Sayers, on patrol with trawlers ‘Sea Ranger’ and ‘Eastward Ho’, all Peterhead-based. July – Cameo sighted U-boat, headed in its direction and was fired at, returned fire and hit three times, Eastward Ho! came up and submarine headed away on the surface; skipper wounded and awarded DSC, gunner the DSM.