James Leatherbarrow was the brother of Eric Leatherbarrow, who shares the same family history, so please read Eric’s story by following the link. The brother’s were in different regiments and they died at different times, one at the beginning of the war and one nearly at the end.
There is an index card for James in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. (F14 Queensferry). It quotes the address 13, Brookside, Garden City, Queensferry and confirms his regimental details. His period of Service: was 5 yrs in the Territorials. There is a comment written by his mother, “Murdered in the Dardenelles by the wait and see Government, is 15/- a week all a great full King & Country can give a Mother for 2 good sons”. Signed by Annie L. Leatherbarrow 14th September 1920
Mrs. Annie Leatherbarrow was so angry about what had happened to her sons that she wrote a ‘letter’ on the back of their cards, starting on the one and continuing on the other. To read follow the link above to Eric’s page on this website.
James Leatherbarrow along with his brother Eric is remembered on the Memorial Plaque in St. Andrew’s Church, Garden City, St. Ethelwold’s Church Roll of Honour which is in the Lady Chapel to the left of the Alter and the Roll of Honour in the Queensferry War Memorial Institute.
His sister only Lilian was involved in the war as this newspaper cutting tells us:-
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 5th September 1918
MILTARY NEWS – Private Eric Leatherbarrow has been killed in France. He worked at Messrs Summer’s Ironworks and lived at the Garden City, Queensferry. His eldest brother was killed in the Dardanelles battles, and a sister is now serving as a Red Cross Nurse.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms James’s regimental information above and also tell us that he was born in Wigan, Lancashire, his residence was Shotton and he enlisted in Connah’s Quay. Hiis medal card, also on ‘Ancestry’, details his medal entitlement and tells us that he entered his first Theatre of War, the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) on the 8th August 1915 , 2 days later he was killed in Action on the 10th August 1915, aged 21.