Major Chandos Leigh DSO
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Elder son of the Hon. Sir E. Chandos Leigh, K.C.B., K.C., and Lady
Leigh, of 45 Upper Grosvenor Street, W.
He attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge
In 1912 he married Winifred, daughter of the late Right Hon. A. F.
Jeffreys, of Burkham, Hampshire.
After leaving Cambridge, Major Leigh entered the King's Own Scottish
Borderers through the Warwickshire Militia, in 1895. As a subaltern he
served with the Mounted Infantry in South Africa, being mentioned in
Despatches and receiving the D.S.O., medal and six clasps. For his services
in the Egyptian Army from 1902-1912 he received the Osmanieh and Med-
jidieh Orders, as well as the medal and clasp for the Bahr-el-Ghazal
Expedition of 1 905-1 906. He was a fine horseman and polo player, and
was well known on the Cairo Turf, where he more than once headed the
winning list of steeplechase riders, both amateur and professional.
At Mons, Major Leigh, though severely wounded, not in the trenches
but in the open, ordered his men to retire across the canal and leave him
where he was, so that there should be no delay in blowing up the bridge in
face of the advancing Germans. News was received later that he had died
and was buried at Boussu, shortly afterwards.
He was the first Old Harrovian to fall in the war.