Leonard Preston Dominy

Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Freemantle, Southampton
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion: 12th
Rank / Service No: Private, 36755
Died: 28th March 1918, aged 37 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France

 

Leonard was the second of 7 siblings born to William Edward and Annie Selina Dominy (nee Galpin), who married in Freemantle in 1877.

All of the children were born in Freemantle.

 

Annie was born in Dorchester in 1851 and passed away in Winchester in 1931. William was born in Southampton in 1852 and died in Exeter in 1942.

 

Siblings

George Edward   b. 1878   d. 1963 Weston-super-Mare   Married Ellen Elizabeth Horton in Southampton in 1902. Married Evelyn M. Webb in Winchester in 1928.

Leonard Preston 

Edith Marion   b. 1882   d. ??   Married William J. Clarke in Winchester in 1911.

Harold John   b. 1887   d. 1943 Barnstaple

Ronald Austin   b. 1889   d. 1959 Gosport   Married Hilda Marguerite Beadle in Southampton in 1909.

Hilda Winifred   b. 1891   d. ??

Cyril Vincent   b. 1892   d. 1973 Newcastle   Married Mabel E. Newton in Newcastle in 1954.

 

Leonard married Annie Lye in Christchurch in 1907. Annie was born in Bath in 1886, and the couple had 3 sons.

Unfortunately, only one sibling outlived their father.

 

Leonard Edward b. July 1909 Christchurch   d. January 1910

Leonard   b. January 1912 Christchurch   d. January 1912

Leonard Robert   b. 1913 Christchurch   d. 1979 Poole Married Bertha E. Jefferys in Christchurch in 1938.

 

The Northumberland Fusiliers seems a strange regiment to join, bearing in mind that Leonard was living in the Bournemouth area at the time.

He actually enlisted in Alresford, which is stranger still.

 

The 12th battalion was formed in Newcastle in September 1914 and came under the orders of the 62nd Brigade in the 21st Division.

The division landed in France in September 1915 and was sent straight into action at the Battle of Loos.

 

The division’s first day of action was on 26 September, where it lost nearly 3,800 men.

 

Through 1916, the division fought at Albert and Le Transloy. In August 1917, the 12th Battalion was amalgamated with the 13th.

 

It is probable that Leonard succumbed to wounds received during the Battle of St. Quentin, which was part of the planned German advance to encircle the British in Flanders.

 

The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918, when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields.

This preceded the Advance to Victory, which began in August 1918.

 

The memorial holds the names of over 14,000 UK servicemen who perished on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016
Updated:

 

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