Readers’ Letter: West Leeds High memories


My daughter, who lives in Armley, has shared with me a link to your piece on West Leeds High School.

We are not a Leeds (or even a Yorkshire) family but my grandmother’s brother – whose name was John Antonio Sanchez Boyle – was a history master at West Leeds High School in the early years of the school from 1909 to 1914.

He left Leeds for a school in South Africa but on the outbreak of WW1 he was determined to join the fighting forces and, despite being rejected on account of his short sight, he returned to Europe with the South African Medical Corps.

He served with field ambulance parties on the Somme in 1916 and succeeded in being transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai on 30 November, 1917.

I am sure that there are lots of similar stories but thought it might be of interest.

Best wishes,

Jane Wallace


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