Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Southsea, Hampshire
Service No.: 10144
Regiment / Division: East Surrey Regiment
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Died: 13th October 1915 aged 22 years
Death Location: France
Life before the War
Leonard’s parents were Samuel and Martha Ann nee Parfitt who married in 1882. His mother was born in 1863 Sandown, Isle of Wight and his father was from East Meon, Hampshire and born in 1863. He had 4 brothers Ralph Theodore b.1881 he married in 1902, d.1950, Stephen b.1889 d.1923, Harold Christopher b.21st September 1901 d.1971, Reginald John b.1904 and 1 sister Emma Eva b.1892.In the 1901 census , Samuel with his family were living at 18, Bishop Street, Portsmouth. Samuel was working for the Water Company as a Turncock. Ralph was employed as a Boot Salesman.
In the census of 1911, the family lived at 40, Heidleberg Road, Southsea, Hamsphire. Samuel was still employed by the Water Company as a Labourer and Stephen worked at the Government Dockyard as a Skilled Labourer. Leonard had moved to Southampton and was a boarder living with the Wareham family at 46, Bellevue Road, Southampton where he worked as a Grocer’s Shop Assistant.
Leonard’s was posted to his first theatre of war on 14th July 1915.
|Birth Place:||Southsea, Hants|
|Death Date:||13 Oct 1915|
|Death Location:||France & Flanders|
|Regiment:||East Surrey Regiment|
|Type of Casualty:||Killed in action|
|Theatre of War:||Western European Theatre|
|Comments:||Formerly 18710, Cavalry Of The Line.|
Leonard is Remembered with Honour on the Loos Memorial, France. He was entitled to the 1915 Star, British Service andVictory Medals.
When his parents were advised of their son’s death, they were living at 5, Shanklin Road, Southsea, Hampshire.
Research by Becky Lonergan 2013.