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Rev A. Leach [18??-19??]
Alfred Leach [1845-19??]
Arnold Leach [1884-1917]
Arthur Holdsworth Leach [1871-1938]
Rev Charles Leach [1847-1919]
Charles William Leach [1860-1909]
Clarence William Leach [1895-1916]
Dora Irene Leach [1914-2013]
Douglas Leach [1921-1941]
Elizabeth Leach [1780-18??]
Eric Alexander Leach [1901-1981]
Fred Leach [1849-1923]
Frederick Austin Leach [1881-1970]
George Frederick Leach [1846-1920]
Harold Leach [1878-1939]
Harry Leach [1861-19??]
Henry Leach [1831-1869]
John Leach [18??-1???]
John Leach [1842-19??]
John Leach [1892-1915]
John Leach [19??-]
Louis J. Leach [18??-19??]
Robert Leach [16??-1695]
Stanley William Leach [19??-]
Thomas Leach [1820-1866]
Wallace Leach [1879-19??]
William Leach [179?-18??]
William Leach [1853-1909]

Leach, Rev A.
[18??-19??] Minister at Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland [1874]

Leach, Alfred
[1845-19??] Born in Norland.

He was a moulder [1871] / a moulder (iron) [1881] / a worsted maker-up [1891] / a worsted carder [1901] / a wool comber retired [1911].

In 1869, he married Sarah Whitehead [1846-1903] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah, of Sowerby, was the daughter of book-keeper James Whitehead


  1. Charles Herbert [1870-1896] who was a hoist tenter [1891], a millhand and (in the evenings) a hairdresser [1896]
  2. Clara [b 1875] who was a worsted spinner [1891]
  3. Arthur [b 1877] who was a velvet pegger [1891]
  4. Hannah M [b 1880] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted twister [1901], a cotton operative winder [1911]
  5. Sam [b 1882] who was a machine tool fitter's apprentice [1901]
  6. Ernest Eli [b 1884] who was a machine tool driller [1901]
  7. Mary Ann [b 1888] who was a dressmaker's apprentice [1901], a cotton operative reeler [1911]
  8. Rayman [1890-1891]

The family lived at

  • 4 Moore Street, Southowram [1871]
  • Stansfield Mill, Sowerby [1881]
  • Rough Hey, Norland [1891]
  • Crown Buildings, Triangle [1896]
  • Hollins Street, Triangle, Sowerby [1901]
  • 21 Royd Lane, Ripponden [1911]

In 1896, son Charles Herbert committed suicide by hanging himself in his hairdresser's shop in Dean Lane, Sowerby

Leach, Arnold
[1884-1917] Son of William Leach.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a steam engine maker's iron moulder [1901] / an iron moulder [1911] / employed by Pollit & Wigzell Limited.

Around 1912, he emigrated to Australia.

He married Unknown.


  1. child

During World War I, he enlisted at the outbreak of War, and served as a Private with the 9th Field Ambulance Australian Army Medical Corps / Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the Anzac Army.

He died 11th January 1917 (aged 33).

He was buried at Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, France. [IV C 43]

Leach, Arthur Holdsworth
[1871-1938] Eldest son of George Frederick Leach.

Born in Halifax.

In 1891, he started business as a portrait photographer with premises in Commercial Street, Brighouse – currently occupied by the chemists' shop – and established Leach's photographic company. He was a Methodist.

In March 1897, The Times and The Leeds Mercury carried reports of a breach of promise case Crowther v Leach.

Miss Annie Crowther, a teacher at Brighouse Board School, stated that she kept the books for Arthur Leach, a photographic artist at Brighouse.

In November 1893, they became engaged.

In November 1896, he said that his feelings had changed. He claimed that he had heard of a conversation in which Miss Crowther was derogatory to her mother, and he could not marry a woman in whom he had not the fullest confidence.

5 days after being served with the writ, he had turned his business into a limited liability company and – as a Manager of the company – was only earning 30/- per week.

The jury returned a verdict for Miss Crowther for £150


In October 1900, he married Amy Stocks

Amy was the daughter of Alexander Oldfield Stocks

Leach, Rev Charles
[1847-1919] DD.

He trained at Ranmoor Theological College, Sheffield and became a Congregational minister.

He was MP for Colne Valley.

In 1915, he suffered a nervous breakdown – probably a form of dementia – and he was removed from his office of MP after being declared of unsound mind – the only MP to be thus disqualified

Leach, Charles William
[1860-1909] Son of Henry Leach.

He was a watchmaker [1881] / a commercial traveller (jewellery) [1901] / a manufacturing jeweller [1909].

After the death of Charles Horner [1896], his sons James & Harry carried on the Charles Horner Limited business, in partnership with their cousin Charles William.

In 1891, he married Annie Louisa Rushworth [1867-1927].


  1. Mabel [b 1895]
  2. Frederick C. [b 1898]

The children were born in Sowerby Bridge.

The family moved to the Isle of Man.

They lived at

  • 12 Royal Avenue [1901]
  • Inglewood, Little Switzerland, Douglas [1909]

Charles William died at the Queen's Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada [13th May 1909].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £4,213 18/7d.

Probate was granted to his widow Annie Louisa

Annie Louisa died in the Isle of Man [1927]

Leach, Clarence William
[1895-1916] Son of Grace & Stephen Leach of Shore, Littleborough.

Born in Littleborough.

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action [26th September 1916] (aged 21).

He was buried at Pozières British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, France [I H 40].

He is remembered on Todmorden War Memorial

Leach, Dora Irene
[1914-2013] JP.

Daughter of Frederick Austin Leach.

She was educated at Battinson Road School [1919-1928].

In 1939, she married Horace Greenwood [1910-1967].

She was Mayoress to Laura Annie Mitchell [1967-1968]

Leach, Douglas
[1921-1941] Son of Caroline Lilian & Clement Leach of Lee Mount, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Gunner with the Royal Artillery.

106 (The Lancashire Hussars) Lt A.A. Regt.

He died 26th April 1941 (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Athens Memorial, Greece [3]

Leach, Elizabeth
[1780-18??] Second daughter of Mary (née Hackworth) & Timothy Leach, of Clapham, Surrey.

Baptised on 25th January 1781.

She married Stansfield Rawson

Leach, Eric Alexander
[1901-1981] He lived at Giles House, Hove Edge which he bought in 1938.

He was Managing Director at A. H. Leach & Company / a councillor / a pianist / a member of the Brighouse Music Society / a collector of rare books.

He married Joyce.


  1. Angela Mary who married [1961?] Martin Wells Bull from Surrey
  2. Caroline Alice who married [1966?] Alan David Officer Thomson
  3. John

He was a pianist and a member of the Brighouse Music Society, along with his cousin Harold Cocker

Leach, Fred
[1849-1923] Son of Thomas Leach.

He worked at the Caledonia Works of Frederick Smith & Company. He was President of the Halifax Wiredrawers' Association.

In 1870, he married Martha Speight [1851-1937].


  1. Thomas [1868/1869 and died before 1881]
  2. Arthur [1871-1936]
  3. Annie [1872/1873-1951]
  4. Mary Elisabeth [1876-1910]
  5. Frederick Austin
  6. Percy [1888-1975]

Leach, Frederick Austin
[1881-1970] Son of Fred Leach.

Born 20th June 1881.

He started work with Joseph Arthur Worsnop, and later became a Clothing Club Collector for the Halifax Tradesmen's Association.

He was President of the Independent Labour Party / Magistrate [1924] / Halifax Labour Councillor [1921-1924] / Halifax County Borough JP [1924] / Alderman [1925-1962] / Mayor of Halifax [1933-1934 /] Freeman of the Borough [22nd March 1948].

In 1909, he married Ethel Greenwood [1884-1981].


  1. Clifton [1910-2008] who married [1937] Violet Bland
  2. Dora Irene

The family lived at Pellon [1909].

He died at Northowram Hospital

Leach, George Frederick
[1846-1920] Son of William Leach.

He was a machine pattern maker [1891].

In 1867, he married Mary Ann Lee in Halifax.


  1. Arthur Holdsworth
  2. Ada [b 1873]
  3. George E. [b 1877]
  4. John [1881] who died in infancy

The family lived at

  • 7a Clare Street, Halifax [1891]
  • in Lancashire [1901]

Leach, Harold
[1878-1939] In 1908, he married Ethel, daughter of Alfred Gaukroger.

The couple were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Harold [2nd May 1939]; Ethel [15th May 1943]

Leach, Harry
[1861-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the Sun Inn, Lightcliffe [1903, 1911].

He married Hannah [1863-19??] from Lightcliffe.


  1. Edith [b 1888]
  2. Minnie [b 1894]
  3. Nellie [b 2nd September 1897]
  4. Florence [b 1903]

Leach, Henry
[1831-1869] Born in Thornton.

He was a newspaper reporter [1861] / publisher of the Halifax Historical Almanack and the Halifax Almanack & Parish Year Book / Registrar of Births & Deaths for Halifax & Skircoat [1865, 1869].

In 1858, he married Ann Horner.

Ann was the daughter of Stephen Horner


  1. Mary E. [b 1859]
  2. Charles William
  3. Joseph S. [b 21863] who was a telegraph engineer [1881]
  4. Edward [b 1868]

The family lived at

  • North Castle Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 5 Stannary Road, Halifax [1869]
  • 26 Cavendish Street, Halifax [1881]

Henry died 15th August 1869 (aged 38).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £600.

The will was proved by his widow Ann

Leach, John
[18??-1???] A rag merchant at Soyland. In 1876, he established Soyland Paper Mill. He was declared bankrupt [1880]

Leach, John
[1842-19??] He was a carpet manufacturer at Halifax / financial director of Crossley's Carpets.

He married Susannah Hargreaves [b 1836].


  1. Elizabeth [b 1866] who married Arthur Crabtree
  2. Louis [b 1868]
  3. Cuthbert [b 1873]
  4. Harold [b 1879]

The family lived at 9 Park Road, Halifax [1891]

Leach, John
[1892-1915] Son of Mary & Michael Leach.

Born in Keighley.

In [Q3] 1912, he married Florence Curry in Huddersfield.


  1. child

They lived at 24 Grey Street, Haley Hill.

During World War I, he enlisted [November 1914], and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed by a sniper whilst on sentry duty (2 weeks after going to the Front) [9th April 1915] (aged 23).

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Florence married Mr Lockwood.

They lived at 36 Quebec Dam, Keighley

Leach, John
[19??-] Son of Eric Alexander Leach.

He entered the family business – A. H. Leach & Company.

He was President of the Halifax Antiquarian Society [2000]

Leach, Louis J.
[18??-19??] Solicitor at Barum House, Halifax [1907]

Leach, Robert
[16??-1695] Heywood records

poor and wicked, had been drinking on Lord's Day, come home, fell into raging fits, died in 2 or 3 days November 1695

Leach, Stanley William
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1978-1979] and [1984-1985]

Leach, Thomas
[1820-1866] Eldest son of William Leach. He was a tailor and draper in Halifax.

In 1840, he married Elizabeth Hardisty.


  1. Hannah [1840]
  2. John William [1843]
  3. Charles [1845]
  4. Henry Hardisty [1848]
  5. Fred
  6. Tom [1852]
  7. Frank [1854]
  8. Ruth Ann [1856]
  9. Herbert [1861]

Leach, Wallace
[1879-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was an iron fettler [1902].

On 17th May 1902, he married Avina Hollas at All Saints' Salterhebble.

Avina was the daughter of
Robert Hollas

Leach, William
[179?-18??] He was an early member of the local Leach family.

He was a card maker [1841] / a blacking manufacturer [1851].

In 1814, he married (1) Hannah Harrowby.

In 1818, he married (2) Hannah Taylor.


  1. Thomas
  2. Sarah [b 1821]
  3. Jane Hannah
  4. Elizabeth who died in infancy
  5. Elizabeth [b 1826]
  6. Hannah [b 1828]
  7. Mary [1830-1917] who married George Dennis

In 1841, he married (3) Mrs Elizabeth Pickard [1804-18??], née Elliott, in Halifax.


  1. John [b 1841]
  2. Ann [25th October 1842-2nd March 1880] who married Ezra Greaves
  3. Emma [b 1845]
  4. George Frederick

The family lived at 15 Upper Brunswick Street [1851]

Leach, William
[1853-1909] Born in Norland.

He was an iron moulder [1881, 1891] / an engine maker's iron moulder [1901].

In 1875, he married (1) Mahalah Sutcliffe [1855-1893] in Halifax.

Mahalah was born in Sowerby


  1. Mary Hannah [b 1877]
  2. Minnie [b 1878] who was a dressmaker [1901]
  3. Arthur [b 1881] who was an engine maker's pattern maker [1901]
  4. Agnes Emily [b 1882] who was a carpet weaver [1901], a chenille weaver [1911]
  5. John Ernest [b 1884] who was an iron turner (engine works) [1901], an iron turner [1911]
  6. Arnold
  7. Susan [1890-1893]
  8. Florence Alice [b 1891] who was a woollen weaver [1911]

Daughter Susan died in Halifax [Q3 1893] (aged 4) 

Mahalah died in Halifax [Q3 1893] (aged 39) 

In [Q3] 1894, he married (2) Caroline Sutcliffe [1849-19??] in Halifax.

Caroline was born in Sowerby

The family lived at

  • Sowerby New Road, Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby [1881]
  • 8 Montague Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 25 Boston Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901, 1911]
  • 27 Holly Grove, Parkinson Lane, Halifax

William died in Halifax [1909] (aged 56) 


The Leach family of Halifax
and Brighouse.

William Leach was an early member of the family.

Members of the family – notably Arthur Holdsworth Leach and Ezra Greaves – were involved in photography in the district

Leach surname
Another form of the surname is Leech.

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

The name is said to come from the Old English word for a healer

There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Leach, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Leach:

Marriages 1899, 1906, 1911, 1951; Death 1812

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