b. 01/01/1913 Kiganjo, Kenya. d. 19/05/1941 Kolito, Abyssinia.
Born on 1 January 1913 in Kiganjo, Kenya, Leakey was the son of Arundel Gray Leakey, a cousin of Louis Leakey. He was 28 years old, and a sergeant in the 1/6th Battalion, King's African Rifles during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. Leakey's 1/6th Battalion was part of the 22nd (East African) Brigade (12th African Division).
On 19 May 1941, in World War II, at Kolito, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), when the Allied forces had made a bridgehead against the strong Italian opposition, the enemy made a sudden counterattack with both light and medium tanks. In the face of withering fire, Sergeant Leakey leaped on top of one of the tanks, wrenched open the turret and shot all the crew except the driver, whom he forced to drive the tank to cover. Along with three others, he tried to repeat this with another tank, but just as he opened the turret, he was killed. The confusion and loss of armour Leakey caused was critical to the Italian defeat in the battle. Captain David Hines witnessed the event through binoculars, as did other soldiers.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: WITH RECIPIENT'S FAMILY.
BURIAL PLACE: EAST AFRICA MEMORIAL, NAIROBI, KENYA. COLUMN 37 - 2ND WEST.
ATR Winchester Chapel (Terry Hissey)