Royal Artillery Cap Badge
2nd Lieutenant - Royal Artillery
Service No 77754
Died 16 September 1939 - Northumberland, England aged 21
Charles went to the Royal Military Academy Woolwich in 1937 and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1939. At the start of WWII he was assistant adjutant in 91 Battery, 12 Field regiment Royal Artillery. He died in a motorcycle accident at Redesdale in Northumberland near the Otterburn military training area. His Colonel rated him as an outstanding young officer.
He was eligible for the 1939-45 Star and the 1939-45 War Medal :
Charles was the son of Charles and Henrietta Leith-Hay of Leith Hall near Huntly. There was much rejoicing on the family estate when he was born as an heir to carry on the family tradition. He attended Prep School at St Davids Reigate from where he went to Eton before becoming one of the first pupils at the newly founded Gordonstoun School.
The Leith-Hay family had an exceptional military tradition. Charles was the 23rd Chief of the House of Leith and the last Laird of Leith Hall, his father having died only four months before his accident. He was laid to rest in the family burial vault within the walls of the old Kirk of Kinnethmont.
In 1945 the family home, Leith Hall, was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland by Charles' mother Henrietta who died in 1965. It is open to the public at set times throughout the year and features information on Charles and his family.