A hero not once but three times

Boy’s brav­ery in air raid that made the front page of the Daily Mir­ror

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

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!

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