Alfred Leather

Sapper Alfred Leather in 1911 Alfred age 17 and employed as a Domestic Gardener living with Father Richard and Mother Ann and brothers Richard age 10? and Harold age 19 living at 20 Castle St Woolton.

According to Alfred’s service records parents living at 50 Vale Road Woolton with brother Richard , Harold serving in 2 South Lancs, Alfred’s service record also mentions a sister Florence May Leather.

Alfred died (drowned) whilst on board HMS Osmanieh

HMS Osmanieh was under the command of Lieutenant Commander David Richard Mason. HMS Osmanieh on the 31st December 1917 was approaching Alexandria before reaching the harbour entrance HMS Osmanieh stuck a mine. In a minefield which had been sewn by German Submarine UC 34 under the command of Oberleutnant Zur See Hurst Obermuller. The ship went down in 5 -7 minutes, 199 people were killed. Commander Mason along with 2 ship officers, 21 crew members, an officer of the Royal Navy, with 166 other ranks. (Alfred was 1 of the 166) including 8 nurses of Queens Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service.

The previous day HT ARAGON AND HMS Attack were torpedoed by submarine U34

Sapper Alfred Leather aged 24 serial number 323559, served in 98th light Rly .Train Crew, Royal Engineers.Died on 31st December 1917

Sapper Alfred Leather is Remembered with Honour Chatby Memorial Alexandria Egypt.

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