Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Henry Leith was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth, on 17 September, 1897. He was the son of Charles Edward Leith, a starcher at the carpet factory, and his wife, Emma. They lived at Foundry Yard and, later, in Cliff Road.
Henry served for a time with the KSLI, possibly as a territorial, before transferring to the 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on 23rd October, 1918 – probably during the Battle of the Selle. He is buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension.
Private Leith, 36983 (formerly KSLI 2382), was awarded the Victory and British medals. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 16th November, 1918.
[BMDs] DIED [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 16th November, 1918] LEITH. – Killed in action, on the 23rd ult., Private Harry Leith, beloved and eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Leith, Cliff Road, Bridgnorth, aged 21.
We pictured his safe returning, And longed to clasp his hand, But God has postponed the meeting It will be in the better land.
KILLED IN ACTION [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 16th November, 1918] Mr. and Mrs. Leith, Cliff Road, Bridgnorth, have been officially informed of the death of their eldest son, 36913 Pte. Harry Leith, Gloucestershire Regiment, who was killed in action on the 23rd ult. He was 21 years of age.
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