Henry Alan Leeke

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The grave of Henry Alan Leeke in Aldershot Military Cemetery

Henry Alan Leeke (15 November 1879 – 29 May 1915) was a British track and field athlete who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics.


Leeke was the only son of Henry Leeke, also an athlete, and grandson of William Leeke, a Waterloo veteran.[1] He was born in Weston Hall, Stafford.[2]

As his father did before him, Leeke represented Cambridge University in the hammer and shot put, and was English Amateur Champion for both events.[3] He was associated with the London Athletic Club.[2] One of the first British athletes to throw the discus, he set a British record in 1908.[2] During the 1908 Olympic Trials, Leeke threw the javelin 135-8½ (41.37m) in the freestyle event.[2]

In 1898 he married Catherine Herbert, younger daughter of Charles G. Fullerton. They had one son and one daughter, and resided in Hill, Warwickshire.[3]

Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Leeke joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he was granted a commission as a temporary lieutenant on 22 September 1914,[4] and placed in charge of machine guns for D Company, 9th Battalion. He died of fever at the Thornhill Isolation Hospital, Aldershot on 29 May 1915 aged 35.[3] He is buried in Aldershot Military Cemetery.[5][6]

1908 Olympics[edit]

In 1908 Leeke participated in the shot put event, in the discus throw competition, in the Greek discus throw event, in the freestyle javelin throw competition, in the javelin throw event, and in the hammer throw competition but in all these competitions his final ranking is unknown.

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  1. ^ "A Notable Athlete", The Times Thursday, 23 February 1922, p. 15, col. 4
  2. ^ a b c d "Henry Leeke". Olympics at Sports Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biographies and Services", The Times, Wednesday 2 June 1915, p. 8 col. 4
  4. ^ "No. 28972". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 November 1914. p. 9243. 
  5. ^ "Casualty Details—Leeke, Henry Alan". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 
  6. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 

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