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Notable Ex Cadet: 2585 Sir Edwin Leather, Governor of Bermuda 1973-1977

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No. 2585, Sir Edwin Leather was appointed to succeed Sir Richard Sharples, the Governor of Bermuda who was shot and killed by an assassin the grounds of Government House, March 1973.

Ex-Cadet Appointed Governor of Bermuda

Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather was born in Toronto on 22 May, 1918, the son of Harold H. Leather, MBE and Grace Leather (nee Holmes) both of Hamilton. Prior to coming to R.M.C. he attended Trinity College School in Port Hope. While at R.M.C. Ted was on the College Track Team and played intercompany Hockey and Rugby. He was also awarded Whips and Spur and Crossed Clubs and Crown.

Graduating as a corporal in December, 1939 with a War Certificate, he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and served as an instructor at 1 CARU and later was attached to the Staff of General Crerar. In 1945 he resigned to stand for the British Parliament and was defeated. He joined the Credit Assurance Association of which he became a director in 1951. In 1950 he stood again for the U.K. Parliament and was elected as the Conservative member for Somerset North. Re-elected again in 1951, 1955 and 1959 he represented this constituency until 1964. At one time Branch Chairman and District Councillor of the Association of Supervisory Staffs and Executive Technicians, an affiliate of the Trades Union Council in the U.K., he was the first active Conservative Trades Unionist M.P. and he served as Honorary Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Labour Committee from 1950 to 1952.

A member of the National Union of the Conservative and Unionist Associations from 1962 to 1965 he was its Vice-Chairman from 1967 to 1969 and its Chairman in 1969/70. He was also a member of the National Executive Committee and Central Board of Finance of the Conservative Party.

A past director and executive of many companies, he was immediately prior to his appointment as Governor of Bermuda a Director of William Baird & Co. Ltd., William Baird Textiles Ltd., Hill Samuel & Co. Ltd, Leather Cartage Co. and Micro Plastics Co. He was also President of the Institute of Marketing Sales Management from 1954 to 1963.

Canadian Legion Representative on the Executive Committee of British Commonwealth Ex-Serviceman’s League, a member of the Council of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor, Deputy Chairman of the Yehudi Menuhen School and Menuhen Orchestra from 1963 to 1970 and from 1963 to 1967 Chairman of the Bath Festival Society and a lay reader in the Church of England, in 1969 he was created a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and made an Honorary member of the National Institute of Social Sciences of New York. In 1973 he became Deputy Chairman of the English Speaking Union.

In 1940 he married Sheila, the daughter of an ex-cadet, No. 526, Major A.H. Greenless of Hamilton. They have two daughters, Hope and Sarah. Ted and his family are happy and delighted in his new appointment.

On behalf of all ex-cadets I would like to extend to him and his family our congratulations and best wishes for the future.