Second Corporal

Peter John Leach

Photo courtesy of BC Archives, Call Number A-01405

Miners at a deep pool on Leech River, named after Leach

Photo courtesy of BC Archives, Call Number A-00729

As a Second Corporal, Leach's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 10 3/4d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.

According to Beth Hill: 

"Peter John Leech was born in Dublin and enlisted in the RE at the time of the Crimean War (1854-156).  After training on the Ordnance Survey, he served with the International Commission on the Russian Turkish frontier.

He was part of Captain Parson's initial group of RE and served the duration of his time in the Colony as "Astronomical observer and Computer".  He spent the majority of his time at the RE Observatory established in the Camp."

-- Sappers: The RE in BC, Pg.137