Leach, Gordon Pemberton


Son of General Sir Edward Pemberton Leach, V.C., K.C.B., K.C.V.O., and Lady Leach, daughter of Sir Thomas Sebastian Bazley. He entered College from Horris Hill, was a Prefect during his last year and stood on Dress for College XV.

He determined on an Army career from early on and passed through Woolwich, obtaining his commission in 1905 in the R.F.A. He was in India when the war broke out, serving in a battery of the R.H.A., and returning to England in January 1915, was appointed to command a battery in the 66th Brigade, R.F.A., part of Kitchener’s New Army. They were posted to Gallipoli, arriving at Anzac Cove at the beginning of July 1915.  They saw action almost immediately in the Battles of Sari Bair and Russell’s Top.

He fell in action in the area of Anzac Cove on August 19th, 1915. He is commemorated by Special Memorial 161, Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli. The special memorials in this cemetery commemorate 219 casualties known or believed to be buried among the 250 graves whose occupants are unidentified. He is also commemorated on the war memorial of St. Nicholas’ Church, Hatherop, Gloucestershire.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Leach
  • Forenames or initials: Gordon Pemberton
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1899-1903
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 2nd August 1885
  • Date of Death: 19th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on SPECIAL MEMORIAL, PINK FARM CEMETERY, HELLES, GALLIPOLI