Christ College Remembers . . . Corporal Edward James Leyshon

Christ College Remembers . . . Corporal Edward James Leyshon

REMEMBRANCE DISPATCH No. 44 COMMEMORATES CORPORAL EDWARD JAMES LEYSHON (SCHOOL HOUSE 1891-1896) WHO DIED 27th JULY1918


Edward James Leyshon, the son of a brewer, was born in Llantwit Fadre, Pontypridd. First educated at Cowbridge Grammar school, he joined Christ College in 1891. At Speech Day 1893 he was presented with a Science prize. He played regularly for the 1st XV.

After leaving school, Edward followed his father into the brewing trade. He was also honorary secretary of the Glamorgan Cricket League from its foundation in 1897 until war service intervened.

He married soon after his 20th birthday and settled in his home town of Pontypridd. He was employed in the brewing industry until his enlistment in Bridgend. His sons, David Gwilym Edmund Leyshon (School House 1914-1916) and Howard Morgan Edward Leyshon (School House 1915-1917) attended Christ College. Both sons saw service in the Army and survived the war.

Corporal Edward James Leyshon, formerly of the Shropshire Light Infantry and attached to the Army Pay Corps, died of pneumonia on 27th July 1918 at the War Hospital, Barrington, Shrewsbury. He was buried in his home town of Pontypridd, and is remembered on the Pontypridd War Memorial as well as on the Christ College War Memorial.