Private Henry Leat

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Henry Leat Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Henry Leat was born in the 1st quarter of 1895 in Dorking, Surrey to wood sawyer and labourer Alfred George Leat and Sarah Ann Leat nee Cardno.

Henry Leat 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 27 Crimea Road, Aldershot, Hampshire. Alfred was working as a bricklayer’s labourer and Sarah Ann was looking after their children: Mary Ann A., Ellen, Rosa, Henry and Isabella.

Henry’s father Alfred died in the 1st quarter of 1910 in the Registration District of Farnham, Surrey.

Henry Leat 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 1 Halimote Road, Aldershot Surrey. Sarah was working as a domestic. The household further comprised of her children: press printer apprentice Henry, domestic servant Emily, Mary Ann A., Rosa and Isabella. At the time of the Census, the family was being visited by farrier Charles Perrin and his wife Frances. The accommodation had five rooms. Sarah Ann stated that she had given birth to ten children of whom eight were still alive.

Henry Leat enlisted in Bisley, Surrey into the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He was a Gunner with regimental number 2494.

Later he was transferred into the D Company of the 4th Royal Tank Corp. His new regimental number was 206131.

Henry Leat was killed in an action on the 11th of April 1917 in France or Belgium. His body was never found.

Henry Leat Arras Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Henry Leat Arras Memorial Panel Listing © CWGC.org

Henry Leat is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Bay 10.

Henry Leat British WW1 Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Henry Leat British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Henry Leat Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Henry’s mother Sarah Ann Leat received £4, 4s and 4d on the 14th of January 1918 and further £6 on the 10th of November 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Sarah Ann Leat later lived at 2 Harpers Road, Ash, Aldershot.

Leat Family History

Henry’s father Alfred George Leat was born in the 4th quarter of 1858 in Lambeth, London to sawyer William Leat born about 1828 in Ringwood, Hampshire, and Elizabeth Leat born about 1828 in Ringwood, Hampshire. Alfred was baptised on the 14th of November 1858 at St John’s the Evangelist church in Lambeth, London.

Henry’s mother Sarah Ann Cardno was born in the 3rd quarter of 1858 in East Ham, Essex to police officer Thomas Cardno, born about 1825 in Scotland, and Sarah A. Cardno, born about 1829 in Barking, Essex.

Alfred Leat married Sarah Cardno on the 24th of December 1877 at Aldershot Parish, Southampton County.

Henry Leat had nine siblings: Sarah Amelia Leat born in the 2nd quarter of 1879 in Richmond, Surrey; Thomas Cardno Leat born about 1881 in Limehouse, London; Emily Leat born in the 1st quarter of 1883 in Bromley, London; Elizabeth Leat born in the 4th quarter of 1884 in Limehouse, London; Mary Ann A. Leat born in the 2nd quarter of 1886 in Limehouse, London; Ellen Leat born on the 13th of July 1888 in Limehouse, London; Alfred George Leat born on the 13th of July 1890 in Limehouse, London; Rosa Leat born in the 1st quarter of 1893 in Dorking, Surrey; Isabella/Bella Leat born in the 2nd quarter of 1897 in Aldershot, Hampshire.

At the time of the 1881, the family lived at 70 Stainsby Road, Limehouse, London. Alfred was working as a wood sawyer and Sarah was looking after their children Sarah Amelia and Thomas Cardno. The household further comprised of a lodger Eliza McKiver.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 9 York Place (Buildings), Marrow Street, Limehouse, London. Alfred was working as a labourer on a timber yard and Sarah was looking after their children: Sarah Amelia, Emily, Elizabeth, Mary Ann A., Ellen and Alfred George.

Born                       Dorking

Son of                    Alfred George and Sarah Ann (nee Cardno) Leat

Enlisted                   Bisley, Surrey

Regiment                 “D” Battalion, Heavy Machine Gun Corps
Number                   2494

Date of Death           11th April 1917
Place of Death         France or Belgium
Cause of Death        Killed in Action

Age                           22

Memorial                 Arras Memorial, France