Septimus Henry Leach

Septimus Henry Leach was born on 24th November 1885 in Hatton. He was the son of William Leach (born in Hatton) and Charlotte (nee Walker) who was born in Daresbury.

In 1891 5-year old Septimus was living with his parents and his siblings Ann Jane (24), William W. (16), Frank (12), George A. (11), Leonard (7) and Herbert (1), in a house on Hatton Lane in Hatton. His sister Martha was living a few doors away. His father was an agent for the Prudential Assurance Company.

Ten years later the family were living near the Wesleyan Chapel in Hatton. Frank had left home and Septimus was now working as an agricultural labourer on a farm. His brother Herbert would also serve in the Great War.

The 1911 Census recorded that the Leach family of Hatton had had 12 children, of whom two had died. Septimus married Beatrice Fanny Hughes in autumn 1909 at Northwich and left home to live in Beech Road in Hartford with his wife and his mother-in -law Betsy Ann Hughes. He was now a domestic coachman.

Beatrice Fanny Leach died in late 1912 at the age of 27 years.

Septimus first enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment and served as a corporal, service number 4366 and later he would serve in the Welsh Regiment, at the same rank with the service number 53598. It was not clear which theatre of war he served in. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

In late autumn 1924 he married again, to Florence M. Bourne at Nantwich. By the time of the 1939 Register the couple were living at The Brynn( probably Cuddington) in Northwich Rural District. Septimus was employed as a commercial traveller for a dairy and Florence was the manageress of the dairy.

Septimus Henry Leach died in the winter of 1967 at Northwich, predeceasing Florence by 11 years. He was 81 years of age.