A century on from the outbreak of the First World War and people’s thoughts turn to members of their own family who may have fought in the conflict. Gerald Leeder’s grandfather George Leeder is a Diss man who was killed in action in 1916.
George is named on the Diss war memorial and his grandson, of Taylor Road, in Diss, said he frequently passes the memorial and think’s about his grandfather.
“I know very little about him, unfortunately,” said Mr Leeder.
Mr Leeder does know his grandfather was the son of a sawyer and served in the Essex Regiment, in the 13th Batallion with a rank of private. He died leaving a young family including his daughter, Gerald’s mother, who was only two at the time.
His name is on the Thiepval Memorial in France, which marks the men lost in the battles of the Somme who had no known grave.
Mr Leeder has some mementos of his grandfather, including an appliqué which shows his photo among allied flags with the words ‘Victory For The Allies’.
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