James Leach (VC)

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James Leach
Born (1892-07-27)27 July 1892
North Shields, Northumberland
Died 15 August 1958(1958-08-15) (aged 66)
Shepherds Bush, London
Buried at Mortlake Crematorium
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Captain
Unit The Manchester Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Police officer

James Edgar Leach VC (27 July 1892 – 15 August 1958) was a British Army officer and English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Leach was 22 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 29 October 1914 near Festubert, France, after their trench had been taken by the enemy and two attempts to recapture it had failed, Second Lieutenant Leach and Sergeant John Hogan with a party of 10 volunteers went to recover it themselves. They took the Germans by surprise with a sudden bayonet attack and then working from traverse to traverse they gradually succeeded in regaining possession, killing eight of the enemy, wounding two and taking 16 prisoners.

He later achieved the rank of Captain. After the war, Leach served in the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary.[1] His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.


  1. ^ A D Harvey, "Who Were the Auxiliaries?" Historical Journal 35, no. 3 (1992): 665-69.

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