The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J R L Leonard


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Private John Richard Lock LEONARD,  G/13827, 1st H.S. Garrison Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly 14347 Gloucestershire Regiment) died 5.5 am, 28th June 1917, at 2nd Southern General Hospital, Maudlin Street, Bristol, of mitral stenosis, age 40.

Born  St Paul's,  Bristol, Gloucestershire, enlisted 26th September 1914, Bristol Gloucestershire, age 34, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 132lbs, resided 50, Tudor Road, Lower Easton, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Formerly stationary engine driver, power station, Bristol Tramway Company for 14 years.

Son of John Richard Lock Leonard, 2 Fern Street, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Five brothers & one sister.

Husband of Annie Elizabeth Leonard, (nee Cottle), of 50, Tudor Road, Lower Easton, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Married 21st July 1900, Register Office, Bristol.

Children - Henry Walter Leonard, born 1st January 1908, 89 Belle Vue, Lower Easton, Bristol; Doris Louisa Leonard, born 19th June 1910, 89 Belle Vue, Lower Easton, Bristol; Annie Elizabeth Leonard, born 22nd January 1912,  50, Tudor Road, Lower Easton, Bristol.

Home, 26th September 1914 to

26th September 1914, enlisted Gloucestershire Regiment; 17th September 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; 20th September 1915, Gravesend, sleeping on his post, 10 days confined to Barracks; 24th March 1916, transferred to 1st H.S. Garrison Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th June 1917, approval given for discharge.

6th July 1917, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to sickness. Silver War Badge issued Badge returned as man had already died.

3rd August 1917, report from 2nd Southern General Hospital, Maudlin Street, Bristol - 22nd June 1917, sent down here from Gravesend, for shortness of breath, first felt this at Codford 1915 after long march. He was then transferred to a Home Service Battalion of 3rd Gloucestershire from 12th Battalion, and has been on duty, 1year 9 months. For some six months has been feeling ill. On 23rd May attacked with Pyrexia, "103" a pain in head and was sent to Fort Pitt Drill Hall Hospital, Chatham, till yesterday. Pain in left shoulder, heart double mitral murmur, fairly regular, can be heard also over aortic area. Area of dullness not enlarged, nor is there dropsy. 27th June, slight morning diarrhea, right side of heart enlarged, appeared quite comfortable in the evening when his wife and two friends had tea with him. During the night an attack of dyspepsia came on, the Medical Officer in residence was called and went to him but he died within half an hour.

Pension awarded 16th January 1918, 26/3 a week for widow and three children.

Buried at Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery, Gloucestershire,  EEE. 40.


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