Major Alan Leadbetter

Major Alan Edmonstone Greenshields- Leadbetter, “L” Battery, 15th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery.  He was killed in action in Belgium on 4th August 1917, aged 21, during the Battle of Third Ypres. He was the son of Thomas Greenshields-Leadbetter of Spital Tower, Denholm and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. His headstone is inscribed ” His Short Race Was Well Run”. The R.H.A. used the quick firing gun as in the photograph. This particular gun was reputed to have fired the first British round of the Great War.

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