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Surname: LEEMING

Forename(s): James

Place of Birth: Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire

Service No: 221055

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

Battalion / Unit: 303rd Road Construction Coy

Division: ---

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-06-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: G. 11.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GISBURN, YORKSHIRE


Additional Information:

James Leeming was the son of Joshua and Ann Leeming, née Hargreaves and 1st cousin once removed of Private John Thomas Leeming (18904) (q.v.). James's father was born at Newton-in-Bowland and mother at Slaidburn, Yorkshire.

1881 Newton, Yorkshire Census: Ing Barn - James Leeming, aged 9 years, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire, son of Joshua and Ann Leeming.

1891 Bashall Eaves, Yorkshire Census: Buckthorne - James Leeming, aged 19 years, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire. [James was employed by John Hartley, Farmer.]

James was married to Lily Hiddon in 1898. Lily died in 1910.

1901 Gisburn, Yorkshire Census: Backlane Cottage - James Leeming, aged 29 years, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire, husband of Lily Leeming.

1911 Paythorne, Yorkshire Census: Ellenthorpe - James Leeming, aged 34 years, born Newton, Yorkshire. [James and his son, Harold, were boarding with Ephraim and Alice Briggs.]

The British Army Service Record for James Leeming exists but may be incomplete.

James is commemorated on the Downham and Twiston War Memorial in St Leonard's Church, Downham.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

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Surname: LEEMING

Forename(s): James

Born: Newton-in-Bowland, Yorks

Residence: Rimington, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 221055

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers



Died Date: 08/06/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: (303rd Road Constn. Coy., R.E.)

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Surname: LEEMING

Forename(s): James

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 221055

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: 303rd Field Coy.



Died Date: 08/06/1917

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (22 June 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)


Last week-end news reached Twiston of the death of Pioneer James Leeming, who had lived with his sister at Ings End. When the call was made, last December, for men experienced in road-making to go to France for service on the roads there, deceased responded along with other employees of the Bowland Council, in whose employ he had been at Gisburne for over twenty years. He joined the Roads Batt. of the R.E.’s on the 18th December, and arrived in France a month later. Death was due to cerebro-spinal meningitis, and occurred on the 8th inst. Deceased who was 45 years of age, and a widower, leaves three children.

Another Twiston soldier, Private Edward T. Hudson, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt., has also been reported killed on June 6th. Thirty-six years of age, he was married and enlisted on January 6th. Prior to joining up, he worked at Blackburn, but was formerly an insurance agent at Colne and Nelson. A member of an old Barnoldswick family, he had lived in the Twiston district for several years.

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St Leonard's Church, Downham, Lancashire

St Leonard's Church, Downham, Lancashire

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22 February 1918

GISBURN – Home on Leave

Pioneer John Polley, of the Road Construction Corps, is home on a first leave from France this week. Belonging to the Non-Combatant branch of the Corps, men over military age, he works some distance behind the lines, where the chief danger is from stray shells when Fritz is strafing harder than usual. Consequently, unlike the rifle-and bayonet-equipped younger pioneers working nearer the lines, his pick and shovel are his only weapons of defence should an unlikely surprise-break-through occur. When Pioneer Polley went out a year ago his companion was poor ‘Jim’ Leeming, his assistant for many years on the County Council road-engine working under Mr. Burrow, but they were soon separated, ‘spotted fever’ claiming ‘Jim’ as a victim before he had been out many weeks.


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