Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Edward Leahy, 6th Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment, was killed in action on the Western Front.
After leaving school he embarked on a marine engineer apprenticeship, and at the time of the outbreak of the Great War he was the resident sectional engineer to the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway Company in Argentina. He returned home immediately and obtained his commission. Lieutenant-Colonel Leahy served in Gallipoli and Egypt before being transferred to the Western Front, shortly afterwards being Mentioned in Despatches.
On the day of his death he was leading his men in an attack on the German trenches when he was killed by a shell. He lies buried in the Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension in France, and on his headstone are the words “He died for freedom and honour”.
Percy, from Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland, was 35 years old.