Archibald Niven Leitch

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 45477
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 12th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 29.09.1918
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Zantvoorde British Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: I.G.2.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Castleton, Ayrshire
  • Address: 12 Craigie St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Jouralist, Dundee Courier
  • Mother:

    Catherine McVicar Leitch, Lochgilphead

  • Father:

    Duncan Leitch, Lochgilphead

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Archibald Niven Leitch

Archibald Niven Leitch   45477   Highland Light Infantry

Another Promising Career Ended.

Corporal Archibald Niven Leitch was the elder son of the late Mr and Mrs Duncan Leitch, 12 Craigie Street, and he resided with his aunt, Mrs Kydd, 12 Craigie Street.  He was about 20 years of age, and enlisted when he was a little over 18 years old.  In training at Montrose and Invergordon, Corporal Leitch proved himself highly proficient, particularly in bombing, and when he went to France early this year, he held the rank of lance-corporal, promotion following after he had been a month in the field.  He took part in the severe fighting of 21st March, and in the beginning of September he was slightly gassed.  He was killed in action on 29th September.

Corporal Leitch was a high-spirited, fearless soldier.  He entered the “Courier” Office as a boy, and by his death on the field the promising career of a most genial and attractive young man has been ended.

Dundee Courier 19th October 1918

Archibalds benefactor for his army pension was recorded as his aunt, Mary McVicar Kidd, 12 Craigie St, Dundee and following her death, his uncle John Kidd, Cauldhame, Kingsmuir.

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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