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Frederick Foster Leafe was born in 1894 in Nottingham and was the only son of Thomas a clerk telegraphist and Lucy Leafe née Holmes , of 5, Birkland Avenue, Nottingham. His father Thomas was born in 1867 in Car Colston and his mother Lucy Holmes was born in 1869 in Lenton, they were married in 1892 in Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are shown living at 5 Birkland Ave, Nottingham and are shown as Thomas 44 yrs a sorting clerk telegraphist for the post office, he is living with his wife Lucy 42 yrs and their son Frederick Foster 17 yrs a clerk surveyor working for the county council. Frederick went to Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America in June 1914 where he worked on the Great Southern Railway, returning to England enlist at the beginning of the war.
Attended All Saints Day and Sunday Schools and bible classes. Was a member of 10th Nottingham (All Saints) Company, Boys Brigade.
02 Nov 1917
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20th Sqdn Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry)
Private Frederick Foster Leafe, enlisted at Nottingham and initially served with the South Notts Hussars , he served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Gallipoli from August 1915 and then went to Salonica in September 1916 he was serving with the 20th Squadron Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry), when he died of wounds on 2nd November 1917 at Abu Jerwan, Mesopotamia . He is buried in Beersheba War Cemetery. B.19
War obituary, All Saints Church News, December 1917: 'Fred F Leafe, 5 Birkland Avenue, South Notts Hussars later a machine gunner, served from starting after the outbreak of war, went through Gallipoli fighting, died of wounds November 2nd 1917. Used to attend All Saints schools and Bible Classes, was in Boys Brigade. Went to South America, returning to enlist at the beginning of the war.' In memoriam published 2nd November 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “LEAFE. – In loving memory of dear Fred, who made the supreme sacrifice November 2nd, 1917. Dearly loved and sadly missed. – Mother and dad. “LEAFE. – In loving memory of our dear nephew, who was killed in action November 2nd, 1917. In God's keeping – Aunt Sallie and Nellie. “LEAFE. – In loving memory of our dear nephew and cousin, who was killed in action November 2nd, 1917. – Geo. H. Holmes and family. Above in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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