Rifleman Thomas John Leen (7020081) served in 70th Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He was born in Liverpool, England but later lived in Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Rifleman Leen died in a military hospital in Belfast, Co. Antrim on 24th January 1941 aged 19 years old. He served in 70th Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles; a battalion of young soldiers formed at Holywood, Co. Down on 12th September 1940.
The Royal Ulster Rifles drew these young soldiers from 6th and 7th Battalion. Most were 18 or 19 years old and too young for overseas combat. 70th Battalion took on roles such as guarding airfields in Northern Ireland before moving to Great Britain in October 1941.
Thomas John Leen’s grave is in Section A, Row LG, Grave 36 of Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.