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Edward Pemberton Leach
Birth: Apr. 2, 1847
Death: Apr. 27, 1913

British Army General, Second Anglo-Afghan War Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of Ireland, he was gazetted on December 9, 1879 for his actions as a captain in the Corps of Royal Engineers of the British Army and with the Bengal Sappers and Miners of the British Indian Army on March 17, 1879 near Maidanah, Afghanistan during the Second Afghan War. Born in County Londonderry, Ireland, he received his education at Highgate School in Highgate, London, England. In 1866 he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers of the British Army and served in the First Lushai Expedition in the Far East from 1871 to 1872, the Second Anglo-Afghan War from 1878 to 1880, where he won the Victoria Cross for gallantry, the Suakin Expedition (1885), and then in the Mahdist War (or Sudan Campaign) in northeastern Africa. In October 1897 he was promoted to the rank of major general and two years later he was assigned to Belfast, Ireland as the commanding General Officer. In 1902 he became the commanding General Officer of the9th Division, 3rd Army Corps in Ireland and two years later he became the Commander-in-Chief for the Scottish Command, serving until 1909. He retired in 1912 at the rank of general with 36 years of military service. The following year he died in Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy at the age of 66. In addition to the Victoria Cross, he also received the Indian First Lushai Expedition Medal, the Afghanistan (Second Anglo-Afghan War) Medal, the Most Houourable Order of the Bath, and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (appointed by British King Edward VII in October 1904), and others. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "For having, in action with the Shinwarris near Maidanah, Afghanistan, on 17 March 1879, when covering the retirement of the Survey Escort who were carrying Lieutenant Barclay, 45th Sikhs, mortally wounded, behaved with the utmost gallantry in charging, with some men of the 45th Sikhs, a very much larger number of the enemy. In this encounter Captain Leach killed two or three of the enemy himself, and he received a severe wound from an Afghan knife in the left arm. Captain Leach's determination and gallantry in this affair, in attacking and driving back the enemy from the last position, saved the whole party from annihilation." His Victoria Cross and other medals are on display at the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham, Kent, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Grienza Churchyard
Provincia di Como
Lombardia, Italy
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Record added: Jul 21, 2005
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Edward Pemberton Leach
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Thank you for your courage and valor in time of battle. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Sep. 14, 2015
Rest in peace old chap.
- derrick unwin
 Added: Aug. 28, 2015

- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Apr. 27, 2015
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