|Date of birth:||1890|
|Place of birth:||Ringwood|
|Date of marriage:||March 1912|
|Place of marrage:||Southampton|
|Rank:||Sergeant (previously 9345. Gloucestershire Regiment|
|Regiment / Division:||Dorsetshire Regiment|
|Died:||3rd May 1915 aged 24 / 25 years|
Life before the War
Leonard, born in 1890, was the son of Frederick and Fheriza Etheridge.
In 1911 the family were living at 306 Southampton Road, Eastleigh. Frederick Etheridge was aged 67 and employed as a Bricklayer. Leonard’s employment is recorded as Clerk. The census also shows 2 sisters Dorothy and Edith and one grandson, Basil Gardiner (aged 1). There are also 2 boarders living at the same address – Bertram Price and Cecil Eaton.
In March 1912 Leonard married Mary E. Smith in Southampton.
Leonard, who enlisted in Bristol, first served in the Gloucestershire Regiment and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. He was killed on 3rd May 1915 and is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France (Grave reference I.A.157).
The first battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment saw action on the Western Front throughout the War, the first soldiers arriving in Le Havre on 16th August 1914.
4,236 identified casualties of World War One are buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension; the cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
|Published.:||17th March 2014|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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