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Soldier – Leather, Colin – Leaves Good Business Career

November 1939

Mexborough and Swinton Times November 4, 1939

Mr Colin Leather

Mr Colin leather, 24 years old son of Mr and Mrs Clifford Leather, 35, Mellor Rd, Wombwell, went out to India in August 1938 with a good business career before him, and is now serving in the Royal Engineers.

Mr Leather is one of the family of six boys and three girls – grandchildren of a well-known Wombwell couple, Mr and Mrs Frank Hazzard.

After leaving Park Street Council School, Wombwell, he went in for tailoring and has been employed by the Service Tailoring Company at Mexborough, Doncaster and Barnsley,

He went out to India as a salesman for Rankin and Company, a well known firm of London tailors, and was making rapid progress.

A young man of distinguished appearance, he was a success in every post he took. He had signed a three years’ contract with his new firm and his special job was to travel to distant outposts fitting up whole households—servants included—with clothing for the whole year.

He had found great pleasure in this work and had written many cheerful letters home to his parents. On landing in India he joined the Territorials and as such was called up on the out-break of war.

Formerly a teacher at the Wombwell Parish Church Sunday School, he continued his church work in India and has also been associated with Toc H.

He has two brothers serving in the Arm, and a sister engaged as a hospital nurse