|Date of birth:||19th June 1894|
|Place of birth:||Millbrook, Southampton|
|Service No.:||32663 and 573639|
|Rank:||Enlisted as a Private, rising to Second Lieutenant|
|Regiment / Division:||Not known|
|Died:||16th June 1918 aged 23 years|
|Death location:||Beaconsfield House, Totton, Hampshire (his parents home)|
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Life before the War
Leonard’s parents were Alfred and Kate Ellen Etheridge, nee Burnett, who married in 1893. Leonard was the eldest with three siblings – Edith Mary 18 September 1896 – 1984, Ronald Cecil 2 June 1901 – 1986 and Harold Douglas 23 August 1903 – 1991.
In 1901, Leonard with his parents and sister Edith Mary were living at St. Aubins, Shirley Park Road, Shirley, Southampton. His father Alfred was an Elementary School Teacher.
By 1911, aged 16 years old, Leonard had moved to Terrace Road, Newport, Isle of Wight. He boarded at the house of Miss Elizabeth Mary Noble. He was employed as a Bank Clerk. His parents and his three siblings had moved to Beaconsfield House, Eling Lane, Totton, Hampshire and Alfred was now a Head Teacher.
Leonard left his father a Probate “Leonard George Flux of Clifton House Croft Road Godalming Surrey second lieutenant in H.M. Army died 18 June 1918 at Beaconsfield House Totton Hampshire. Probate London to Alfred Flux (father) schoolmaster. Effects £113 8 shillings 4 pence”.
Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll
Time at Taunton’s School: 1907 – 1911
Education and Employment: Leonard was born on 19th June 1894 in Southampton. He was educated at Eling Council School before joining Taunton’s. Leonard worked as a bank clerk for the Capital and Counties Bank.
Life during the war: Leonard enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in January 1916 and transferred to the 10th Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment. He was wounded in Deville Wood in September 1916. Leonard was gazetted Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps in June 1917. He volunteered for the Tank Corps and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from January 1918. Leonard was invalided home two months later with trench fever and died at home in Eling that same year. He is buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard in Eling.
Leonard died on 16th June 1918 aged 25 years.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
Leonard George Flux, 2nd Lieut. 13th Battn. The Tank Corps, eldest son of Alfred Flux of Beaconsfield House, Eling, by his wife Kate Ellen Etheridge, daughter of Robert Burnett of Southampton; born Millbrook co. Hants 19 June 1894; educ Eling Council School and Taunton’s School Southampton; was a Bank Clerk in the Capital and Counties Bank; enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in January 1916; transferred to 10th Battn. The Royal West Kent Regt the following June; was wounded at Delville Wood in September of the same year; was recommended for a commission and Gazetted 2nd Lieut Machine Gun Corps 15 June 1917; volunteered for the Tank Corps in August; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from January 1918; was invalided home in March and died at Eling 18 June of the same year of trench fever contracted while on active service in France. Buried at Eling Co. Hants. His Commanding Officer Col P. Lyon wrote “Your son was one of my best officers, always cheerful and exceptionally capable as well” and his Commanding Officer Captain C. F. Bromley: “He was a good soldier, a staunch comrade and a gallant gentleman ….. He was my right hand man in everything. Everyone loved him; he was always so cheery and got on so well with everybody”.
Leonard received the Victory and British War Medals.
|Published:||21st April 2013|
|Updated:||30th August 2015|
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