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Name: Kathleen Leak

Burial Number: 1810

Gender: Female

Distinction: Née Ridgway b. Birkenhead

Born: 25/04/1890

Died: 15/06/1948

Buried: 18/06/1948


Kathleen Leak nee Ridgway 1890 – 1948

Kathleen Ridgway was born on 25th April 1890 to mariner William Henry Ridgway and his wife Prothesa Florence Beer. Kathleen had two brothers, Henry, who became a captain in the Royal Navy and Harold, a lieutenant who was killed in the great war. Kathleen was brought up in Birkenhead, on Merseyside.

On 24th April 1916, Kathleen married Hector Leak in Birkenhead.

They lived most of their married life in Beckenham, where they brought up their four sons.  William Harold was born on 21 January 1918; Anthony Edward was born on 10 October 1919; David Ridgway was born on 27 April 1922; Dennis Gordon was born on 22 March 1929.  By 1939 they were living in Beckenham, Kent.

Hector became President of the Royal Statistical Society in 1941, for a while.  They retired to Worthing, where Kathleen’s parents had lived.

Hector and Kathleen sailed from Southampton to New York in 1947 and one trip refers to his attendance as the senior UK delegate at the meeting of the International Statistical Institute in Washington.

Kathleen died in June 1948 and was buried in Heene Cemetery. Kathleen’s parents are also buried in the cemetery.

Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 6 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words): icon.rich.final

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Kathleen Leak died June 15th 1948 aged 58 "May we follow in her footsteps to our rest above" and of her husband Hector Leak C.B.E. died April 5th 1976 aged 88

Further Information


Name: Kathleen Leak

Gender: Female

Born: 25/04/1890

Town: Birkenhead

County: Cheshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Ridgway

Marriage Date: 24/04/1916

Spouse First Name: Hector

Spouse Last Name: Leak

Town of Marriage: Birkenhead

County of Marriage: Cheshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 15/06/1948

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 8

Address line 3: Hythe Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £3044 07 s 7 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


30 Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, Kent.

Hector aged 33, higher division clerk in the Civil Service employed by the Board of Trade. Kathleen aged 31, home duties. William Harold aged 3. Anthony Edward aged 1. Plus 1 servant.


Living at 30 Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, Kent

Hector Leak, Civil Servant, Board of Trade; Kathleen Leak, unpaid domestic duties; William H Leak, Student; Anthony E Leak, Student.

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