Leonard Etheridge

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Ringwood
Date of marriage: March 1912
Place of marrage: Southampton
Service No.: 8971
Rank: Sergeant (previously 9345. Gloucestershire Regiment
Regiment / Division: Dorsetshire Regiment
Battalion: 1st
Died: 3rd May 1915 aged 24 / 25 years
Death location: France


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.

Military Service
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.

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 17th March 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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