Leek, Herbert Arthur

Herbert Arthur Leek
Norwood Street WW1 Memorial, Beverley

BORN IPSWICH, SUFFOLK, 22/11/1879. SECOND SON OF SPENCER STEPHEN LEEK (1848-1886) AND ANNIE GREEN. SON OF AN IRON MOULDER. A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER. ENLISTED AS A DRUMMER IN THE 1ST WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT IN OCTOBER 1894. REMAINED FOR 12 YEARS IN THIS REGIMENT, SERVING IN INDIA AND CHINA. RETIRED IN 1906. RECEIVED A SILVER WATCH BY THEBANDSMEN OF HIS BATTALION. RE-ENLISTED IN THE 3RD EASY YORKSHIRE RESERVES, AS A LANCE CORPORAL IN JUNE 1909.

HE MARRIED FLORENCE ANN JULIAN, AT BEVERLEY MINSTER, ON 19/07/1909. SERVED IN THE 3RD EYR AS A MUSICIAN FOR A FURTHER SEVEN YEARS. APPOINTED TO SERGEANT DRUMMER OF THE 6TH EYR ON THE OUTBREAK OF WAR IN AUGUST 1914. POSTED WITH THE MEDITERANEAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. ARRIVED AT THE DARDENELLES ON 01/07/1915. KILLED AT GALLIPOLI, ON 21/08/1915, AGED 35. HIS WIDOW FLORENCE ANN JULIEN LEEK AND DAUGHTERS, OLIVE AND CONSTANCE (BORN 01/08/1910), LIVED AT 15 NORWOOD GROVE, NORWOOD STREET. HE LEFT HIS ARMY EFFECTS TO HIS WIDOW.
HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL ON 14/09/1915, AND THE HULL TIMES, ON 25/08/1915, WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH. * HE IS ALSO COMMEMORATED ON THE NORWOOD STREET MEMORIAL, BEVERLEY, BUT HIS SURNAME IS RECORDED AS LEAKE, RATHER THAN LEEK.


First name:
Herbert Arthur
Military Number:
8778
Rank:
Sergeant Drummer
Date Died
21/08/1915
Place died:
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age:
35
15 NORWOOD GROVE, NORWOOD STREET, HULL EAST YORKSHIRE, UK