Leete, E F
EDWARD FRANCIS LEETE
Remembered with honour Arras Memorial: Bay 10.
He originally attested 9 April 1901 in London for Short Service (seven years with the Colours, five years with the Reserves) into the Gloucestershire regiment: a baker aged 18, 5’3″ tall, C of E. He extended his service to complete eight years with the Colours 1 September 1904, transferred to the Reserves 8 April 1909, and was discharged on termination of his first period of engagement 8 April 1913. He served at Home 9 April 1901 tp 27 May 1902, in South Africa 28 May 1902 to 18 January 1904, in India 10 January 1904 to 4 February 1909, then Home again until discharge.
He re-enlisted in London; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 14 December 1915, and was presumed killed in action.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Edward in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 13 January 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 26 May 1917, 25 May 1918 and 17 May 1919.
Son of Edward Francis and Rebecca (nee GREEN) LEETE of Therfield, Herts.
His parents married 1883 in the Oundle, Northants, district. Edward died 26 March 1943 in Therfield aged 80; Rebecca died 1939 in the Royston, Herts, district aged 81.
Edward was born 1884 in Foxton, Cambs, and resided in Watford. He was appointed Assistant Postman Watford November 1910, Postman R Watford August 1911, and Postman Watford May 1912.
On the 1891 Census, aged 7 he lived in Sandon, Herts, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, a baker aged 17 he was a boarder in Enfield, Middx. On the 1911 Census, a postman aged 27 he was a boarder in Watford.
Unit1st/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles)
Date of deathon or since 21/05/1916
Age at death32
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)