Arthur Leah, Private 36505, 7th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Died 2nd November 1917 in Egypt, aged 33
Husband of Louisa Leah, of 96 Bank Street, Macclesfield.
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Formerly served with service number 181832 in the R.H. & R.F.A. (Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery).
Arthur Leah was reported missing in the Macclesfield Times on 11 January 1918:
MISSING – Mrs Leah, 96 Bank St, Macclesfield, has had official intimation that her husband, Pte Arthur Leah, Essex Regt, has been reported missing in Palestine. He is thirty-four years of age and was educated at Mill Street Wesleyan School… Pte Leah was formerly employed as a postman in Macclesfield and donned khaki in October 1916, being sent out to Egypt in April of the following year. Pte Leah was a regular attendant at Beech Lane Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Private Leah was later assumed to have been killed in action in Egypt on or after 2 November 1918.
Private Arthur Leah has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 32 to 38. of the Jerusalem Memorial in Israel. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Leah, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Arthur Leah is commemorated on the Macclesfield Post Office war memorial and roll of honour.