b. 1988 Horsham, West Sussex.
Leakey is the son of retired RAF officer and current director of the Armed Forces Christian Union, Air Commodore Mark Leakey, and his wife Rosemary, an occupational therapist. He has a younger brother Ben.
Leakey was educated at Witham Hall preparatory school and, from 1999 to 2006, Christ's Hospital, an independent school in Horsham, West Sussex. He began a degree in military history at the University of Kent but dropped out during the first term to join the military.
Joshua Leakey joined the British Army in 2007 and joined the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment. He served three tours of duty in Afghanistan in 2009, 2011 and 2013. It was during the 2013 tour that he performed the actions which saw the award of the Victoria Cross.
On 22nd August 2013, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a routine joint British and US patrol had targeted a village to search for illegal weapons. As soon as they landed, they came under heavy fire, and Leakey and three other men were expected to provide covering fire. Over the radio, they heard someone had been hit, so Leakey decided to lead his section down the hill to find the group under attack. On arrival, Leakey gave first aid to a wounded US Marine and began the process of evacuating him off the battlefield. Under fire, he then returned for the machine guns at the top of the hill and manned the machine gun to fight back against the Taliban. The skirmish lasted 45 minutes and by the time it ended, 11 insurgents had been killed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: AIRBORNE FORCES MUSEUM, DUXFORD (LOAN).