Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Walter Leach, WW1 Vet
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Camp Photo in South Carolina from Don Stanton
Tri-County Genealogy & History Sites Home Page
How to Use This Site
Warning & Disclaimer
No Unauthorized Commercial Use
Richmond Township Page
World War One Page
Contact Joyce
From Mansfield Advertiser Scrapbook
We Need a photo of Walter, if anyone has one.. Please send it in
Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008
Do You Know that you can search just the 700 pages of Military Records on the site by using the Military button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page
Walter Leach Tells How He Was Wounded – Local boy hit by piece of shell which cuts leg open from hip bone to knee – wound is not yet healed.  Attorney and Mrs. Harvey B. Leach of this boro have received a letter from their son Walter, in which he describes how he was wounded.  The letter follows:
Allerey, France, Dec. 9, 1918.
Dear Father:
Your letter of December 9th reached me yesterday.  As it is the first that I had since back in July it surely was welcome.  Imagine I will get the rest some day.
Evidently you didn’t receive the first two letters I wrote from here, for I mentioned in both how I was wounded.  However, from some of the others you must by now know that it was in my left thigh – flesh wound only – running from just below the hip bone down the back of the leg to about the knee.
I was lying on my stomach when hit.  The piece of shell passed over my head ripped my pack and gas mask to threads, also a large map in my hip pocket and took hold of me as above.  Another piece caught the muzzle of my rifle, splintering it in all sorts of shapes and causing the stock to give me a crack over the ribs that laid me out.  I was lying on the gun for sometime.  Still another chunk of steel was kept from getting me in the right shoulder by two bandoliers of shells I had slung over it.  Oh, yes, there was hole dug in the ground about 8 or 10 feet in front of me that would hold a team of horses and wagon.
We went over the 26th of September from near Avancourt – about 12 miles west of Verdun and the Meuse river.  Drove up through Malancourt to near Montfaucon the first day.  The second day went past the latter place about a mile.  These two days my regiment was in the lead and all we had to face was machine gun fire and now and then a one-pounder – but most of the time those rained like hail.  The third day our regiment had …….back to support – staying a ….. the second evening.  All day we caught a great deal of shrapnel, 3 and 6-inch stuff;  some of which seemed to me to be coming from the east side of the Meuse river quite a number of miles off.  Saw one lad about thirty feet from me disappear almost entirely; others went up in confused mass of arms legs and fragments.
Just how far past Montfaucon we were when I was hit I’ve little idea – would judge about five miles.  We had been ordered down a lee side of a slope for a few minutes rest.
Wrote a couple of weeks ago that I had been operated on to sew my wound up.  With good luck I should have had it entirely healed by now.  However, some inflammation set in and the stitches broke – so wound is still open.  Sort of looked to see skin grafted, but it would have taken a big piece.
Coming along near supper time and I certainly am hungry.  Only had a poor appetite one over here – that was just after coming out of ether.  Am sorry to miss that hunting trip this year, but will be in shape to hustle you next fall.  With love, Walter   - W. S. S. -
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11/15/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

You are the  visitor since the counter was installed on 15 NOV 2003