Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Captain Leo Gerald Simon Jude, 10th Battalion, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action at Beaumont Hamel during the Battle of Ancre on the Somme.
The eldest son of an accountant, he was educated at Rossall School in Lancashire, the sister school to Marlborough College. He was a keen sportsman and member of the Officers’ Training Corps. After the outbreak of the Great War he received his commission, and arrived on the Somme in March of 1916. In letters home he described surviving several “near misses” and was hospitalised for a period of time.
On the day of his death, his unit had been ordered to launch an attack on the Munich Trench. There was a heavy mist that morning as he led his men in a charge; he sustained a body shot but kept on going, encouraging his men, until he was shot in the head and killed instantly, 40 yards from their objective. Captain Jude lies buried in the New Munich Trench British Cemetery at Beaumont-Hamel in France. On the memorial at his old school are the words: “He possessed the rare gift of knowing what he wanted, and being able to inspire others with his enthusiasm for their general welfare".
Leo, from West Derby, was 20 years old