Leonard George Duncan

Date of birth: 17th August 1877
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Battalion: 136th Railway Construction Company
Rank / Service No: Captain, 190772
Died: 16th June 1921, aged 43 years
Buried: Peshawar British Cemetery, India (XXX.15)


Leonard was the eighth of 11 siblings born to David and Mary Duncan (nee Ferguson), who married in Southampton in 1865.

Both parents were born in 1842 in Scotland; Mary passed away in the Droxford area  in 1909 and David died in the same area in 1921.

Both parents were unaccounted for at the 1901 Census, where 3 of their children were living with older brother David in Marylebone.



David Ferguson b. 1867 Southampton   d. 1909 Fordingbridge

John Charles   b. 1868 Southampton   d. 1925 Islington   Married Clarissa Jane Hill in Brentford in 1894.

William Alexander Mackenzie   b. 1871 Southampton   d. 10 December 1898 Assam, India.

Arthur Lyell   b. February 1872 Southampton   d. 11 September 1937 South Australia

James Fergus   b. 1873 Southampton   d. 1941 Bournemouth   Married Elizabeth Ann Theresa Stohwasser in Hampstead in 1902. James enlisted into the Army on 10 June 1895 and served in the Boer War. At home, he became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Field Artillery.

Eleanor Mary   b. 1875 Southampton   d. 1962 Uckfield   Married William Ogilvy Duncan (!!) in Droxford in 1906.

Charles Lyell   b. 1876 Southampton   d. 1928 Staines   Married Doris Irene Harrison in St Pancras in 1905.

Leonard George

Mary Laura   b. 1880 Southampton   d. 1965 Droxford   Married James C. Kinnear in Droxford in 1911.

Florence Margaret   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1950 Surrey   Married Harold Charles Matthews in Droxford in 1904.

Gordon Apedaile   b. 2 April 1885 Southampton   d. 12 January 1942 Los Angeles   Married Winifred Sutcliffe or Greaves in Victoria, Canada on 23 September 1914. Gordon’s place of death gives a clue as to his profession….he was an actor in Hollywood.


Leonard married Mary Jane Baker in Southampton in 1904. She passed away in the city in 1908 and he had a relationship with an Eva Florence.

There appears to be no evidence of them ever marrying, and they lived at Bridell Lodge, Regent’s Park, Southampton.


Leonard was fighting in France with the Liverpool Regiment (#21697) from 15 November 1915. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers on 12 January 1917.


Leonard died of heat stroke whilst based in India, presumably whilst supervising the building of a railway in Peshawar.


Eva was living in Bishop’s Waltham when she received £709 18s 11d from Leonard’s estate in 1922.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 20th July 2016


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