Leonard Henry Scorey

Date of birth:          1900
Place of birth:        Southampton
Service No:             62508
Rank:                         Private
Regiment:                Lancashire Fusiliers
Battalion:                 1st/5th
Died:                          21st July 1918 aged 18
Death location:      France

Family life before the war
Leonard Henry Scorey was born in Southampton in 1900, the son of Bertram & Florence Scorey.  The 1901 census lists the family as Bertram, Florence and children Ernest (5), Harold (3) and Leonard aged 1.  In 1911 the family are living at 70 Northcote Road, Southampton with 2 additional children, Frank then aged 9 and Maud aged 3.

Military life
Leonard joined the 1st/5th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers as a Private.  The 5th Battalion had been formed in Reading in 1914.  They landed in France on 31st May 1915 and on 6th February 1918 were transferred to 36th Brigade in the same division.

Leonard was killed in action on 21st July 1918 aged 18.  He is buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery (Plot 2, Row E, Grave 27).  Medal records show he was awarded the Victory Medal and British Medal.

The cemetery is situated in the village of Bertrancourt in the Somme.  It was used by field ambulances in 1916 and 1917 and by corps and divisional burial parties in the months of June, July and August 1918 when German advances brought the front line to within 8 kilometres of the village.  Many of the graves are of Lancashire and Yorkshire regiments.  The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

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