John Frederick LEECH Mbe
- Born: 1 Nov 1907, Ashton, Lancashire, England
- Marriage: Winifred Joan FRANCIS on 5 Jun 1934 in Durham, , Durham, England
- Died: 18 Sep 2001, Yeovil, Somersetshire, England at age 93
Joined Scouts in 1916 and rose through ranks to Training Commissioner, NW Lancs. Apprenticed to family timber importers ,, travelled 1000s UK mls with his father to custmrs, market gardener pre WW2, reserved occptn, joined Home Guard Intel unit & caught spy drving wedges into rail points on troop train line, riding stables, called to CRO, Ldn, 1947 and offered Job Bechuanaland Protectorate, reorganising Scouting. Soc Welfare BP Kanye (6 mths), Mafeking (11 yrs), trsfrd to Lobatsi (3 yrs) then to Lusaka, Nthrn Rhodesia (3.5 yrs) retiring 1965, returned to UK, Merriott, Som. Sent by Commonwealth office on short assignments to Windward and Leeward Is, Ghana, Gold Coast, Senegal and Gambia + others. Qualified for Wmbldn two yrs 1930s and played soccer Lancs amateur league with Tommy Docherty. Scholarship to Preston Grammer wher he and friends used Alan (AJP) Taylor as a goalpost !
John married Winifred Joan FRANCIS, daughter of Rev. Picton Williams FRANCIS and Winifred WEAVER, on 5 Jun 1934 in Durham, , Durham, England. (Winifred Joan FRANCIS was born in 1909 and died in 2007.)