15183 C.S.M. Arthur Leeming, DCM.
11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded the D.C.M. in the London Gazette of 20 October 1916. Leeming was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.
The citation for his D.C.M. published in the London Gazette reads : - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. When all his officers became casualties, he took command and, though severely wounded, handled his company with great coolness and skill."
The Burnley Express of October 4th 1916 reported: -
D.C.M. WINNER. Honour for Burnley Co-Sergeant Major.
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Leeming, of the Burnley and Accrington Pals, whose home is at Glen View House, Burnley, has received official intimation that he has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "for gallantry and devotion to duty in action." Leeming is now in hospital at Bristol as a result of being severely wounded on July 1st, in the opening day of the "big push" and it is understood that the D.C.M. has been conferred on him for his gallant bearing in the field that day. Leeming was badly wounded in the left shoulder, his collarbone being broken in three places. Company Sergeant Major Leeming, whose wife and family live in Glen View House, was before the war employed as a clothlooker at Victoria Mill, Trafalgar Street. He was a member of Burnley Miniature Rifle Club, and had shooting prizes connected with it. He joined the 11th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment (Burnley and Accrington Pals) when it was formed. After being in training for over twelve months he went out with the battalion to Egypt, and has been with them in France since the early part of this year. He is 32 years of age.
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