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12331122 Peter 1904-1995

Gerard Leigh - always known as "Peter" - was born on 8 September 1904 in Chepstow, the middle son of Charles Leigh Clay and Margaret Press.  Godson of Gerard A. Clay, he was educated at Eton (1918-1923), and in his last year was Victor Ludorum.. 

He was married at 27 on 1 October 1931 in Hereford Cathedral to Drusilla Madeline Foster, then 23.  They had a son :-

Jeremy Peter Foster who was born on 26 July 1932.

Peter was a Coal exporter.

He signed up on 29 November 1939, and was commissioned into the 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars - Royal Armoured Corps. He served in "F" Squadron when captured at Bir El Gubi, Libya, and spent the rest of the war as a PoW, in Italian & German camps - No. 159, Oflag XII-B, Hadamar, Hessen 

Peter was Lord of the Manor of Brockhampton; J.P. from 1946, High Sheriff, Herefordshire, 1950, and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire, 1953.  He lived at Brockhampton Cottage, Hereford.

Peter died in August 1995.


Drusilla Madeline Foster.

Drusilla was born on 30 August 1908 in Bournemouth, the daughter of Captain Cuthbert Wellesley Foster of Hadley Bourne, Barnet, and Boston, USA.  She died on 3 December 1961 in Brockhampton at the age of 53.


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