Leyshon was an occasional rugby player in Shanghai. He was born in 1890 to William and Annie Leyshon. He left Shanghai in 1915 and served as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers.

He was killed on 15 September 1916. His body was not located and so his memorial is on the Thiepval Memorial.

  The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

Announcement of Leyshon's death in the North China Herald on 21 October 1916 

William Howell Norman Leyshon (1890 - 1916)

The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports