The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant D R  Leatherdale


Second Lieutenant Donald Ryan LEATHERDALE, 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, 22nd July 1916. 

Born 4th February 1896, Catford, SE. Formerly employed by Royal Exchange Insurance Company.

Son of the late George Fenning Leatherdale, MA, Oxon by his wife Mabel Gertrude, (Daughter of the late Robert Parsons),  46 Grosvenor Road, London, SW.

Brother of Corporal Alan Richard Leatherdale, Royal Fusiliers, died 18th September 1916.

Educated Christ's Hospital.

January 1914, joined The Artists Rifles; volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war; served with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders; June 10915, obtained a commission; after leading his men into action in High Wood where he was seen to be wounded, was reported missing 22nd July 1916, and is now officially assumed to have been killed on or about that date.

A brother Officer wrote: "He went into action like a brave Britisher and a gentleman, with not the slightest fear of death."


Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France.

London Gazette 22nd June 1915

The under mentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men, from the 28th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Artists Rifles), unless otherwise stated, to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Dated 11th June, 1915.

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Private D. R. Leatherdale.

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