An­zac in­spired job in army

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

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.

rugby,’’ he

Photo: JESS LEE

Regi­nald Hughey Leach’s great-un­cle Lieu­tenant Wil­liam Risk was killed at Gal­lipoli on Au­gust 28, 1915 at the age of 27.

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