Born Beverley, 27/05/1895. Son of John Henry and Margaret Ann Leighton, of Beverley. His father was a Sergeant at Victoria Barracks, Beverley. A Member of the Church Lads Brigade, where he was Drummer and Sergeant. He helped his father in his fruit shop, after he retired from the army
He enlisted in the 4th East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of gas wounds, on 17/06/1916, aged 21.
His brother, John William Leighton was also killed in the war