A hero not once but three times
Boy’s bravery in air raid that made the front page of the Daily Mirror
My grandad’s cousin Conrad Leadbeater was in the 1/5th Lincolnshire Regiment. He ended up with the Distinguished Conduct Medal – and two bars, which is an incredible honour. A bar was awarded for each subsequent act of bravery.
He was serving with the regiment near Zillebeke in Belgium. At just before 7pm on September 30, 1915, the Germans exploded a mine under Trench 47. Conrad was badly injured but he rounded up his men to direct heavy fire on the enemy. He refused to leave his post until he was ordered to a casualty station.
Just two weeks later he held a captured trench on the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He built a barricade and threw grenades at the Germans, holding them back through the night.
He was recommended for the Victoria Cross, the highest honour. On July 1, 1917, his men came under fire in Lens in France and he ran out to attack with grenades. The Germans fled, but his party was ambushed by a much larger enemy force. He fought them off with a Lewis gun!