Anzac inspired job in army
THE 100th anniversary of Anzac Day will be a time to remember a man who shaped Reginald Hughey Leach’s future.
Hughey Leach’s great Lieutenant William Risk was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 28, 1915.
He says it was Risk who inspired him to join the army as a young man.
The 71-year-old Onehunga man served for 18 years until he was medically discharged after losing his hearing in an accident.
He was determined to keep active and started organising rugby teams and tournaments for hearingimpaired players about 35 years ago.
Hughey Leach went on to help found the New Zealand Deaf Rugby Football Union in 1991.
‘‘A lot of deaf players wanted to be able to play with a referee using sign language so they could follow the game and it didn’t matter if you had loss of hearing, they can
uncle continue to play good says.
April 25 marks the day New Zealand forces came ashore at Gallipoli.
It was their first major combat role in World War I. More than 2700 soldiers were killed, a quarter of the total number of New Zealanders sent to the peninsula.
Hughey Leach’s great uncle was part of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment. He was just 27 years old when he was killed and is buried at Gallipoli’s Hill 60 Cemetery.
Hughey Leach would have liked to make the trip to pay his respects to his great-uncle, but missed out on the ballot to attend the centenary commemorations in Turkey.
Reginald Hughey Leach’s great-uncle Lieutenant William Risk was killed at Gallipoli on August 28, 1915 at the age of 27.