Leonard Cottrell (c.1894-1918)

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Leonard Cottrell

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

COTTRELL, LEONARD. Private. No 306350. 'C' Company, 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Dobcross. Son of Dyson and Mary Hannah Cottrell, 21 Royds Terrace, Marsden. Employed as a weaver at Clough Lea Mills, Marsden. Was a member of the Marsden Liberal Club. Enlisted, 22.11.1915, and crossed over to France in February, 1916. Killed by a shell on the morning of 12.3.1918, aged 23 years. Buried DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, YPRES. Grave location:- Plot 9, Row C, Grave 16.
His parents received the following letter from Sergeant Smith, of the same Company, 'I am sorry to have to tell you that your son was killed by a shell dropping on his dugout on the morning of the 12th inst. He had just come off sentry duty in the trenches and had fallen asleep when he was killed and I can assure you he suffered no pain whatsover. He was not wounded but I think it must have been the shock of the explosion that did it. He has been in my Lewis gun section sometime and was one of the best and steadiest soldiers I have met. He was always cheerful under the most trying circumstances and was a favourite with all his comrades. His Corporal was badly crushed at the same time and I can assure you that it has made a mess of one of the best teams in the battalion.'
ROH:- Marsden Liberal Club; Huddersfield Drill Hall; Marsden War Memorial.

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