Date of birth: c1926
Parents: Joseph and Annie Leigh
Address: 2 Chapel Court, Friars Street, Warwick
Occupation: Worked at W L Tarver, Builders
Patrick was born in 1926 in Southam. Patrick’s father, Joseph (1900-1971), was born into a large farming family in Morton Morrell. He married Annie McGuirk (1904-1972) in Warwick in 1923.
By the 1939 census the family were living at 1&2 Chapel Court, Friars Street. Patrick’s father was a general labourer. Patrick’s two sisters are recorded as living with their parents at this time, Annie (1928-2005) and Mary (1927-1981). Patrick also had two brothers John (1924-1999) and Peter born in 1933.
Rank & Number: Private, 14730517
Regiment/Service: Army Air Corps
Brigade/Division: 5th Parachute Brigade
Date of death: 24th March 1945
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action during the Battle of the Rhine Crossing
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. 42. C. 9
Commemorated locally at: St Mary's Immaculate Church Roman Catholic Church
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