Leonard Smith (c.1897-1917)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- SMITH, LEONARD. Private. No 242693. 1/5th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Formerly No 3509 Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Lived Purhill Clough, Marsden. Employed as a finisher at Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Enlisted at the age of 17 years in 1915. Embarked for France, 17.7.1916. Was wounded in the left leg by gunshot on 15.11.1916. After treatment at a base hospital for several weeks he returned to the front line at the beginning of March, 1917. Killed in action through the firing of an enemy trench mortar on 18.3.1917. Buried RUE-du-BACQUEROT No 1 MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row A, Grave 3.
- His parents received a letter from a Corporal in the R.A.M.C. attached to their son's battalion who wrote the following, 'I hope you will pardon my writing to you but although I am a total stranger I would just like to tell you how sorry I am about poor Len. He and I had recently become chums and although we had known each other for many months we never became the pals we were until recently. We had planned many excursions during our time out of the trenches but alas it cannot be. We used to pretend to a great many of the chaps that we were brothers and we became known to each other as 'our kid'! I need not tell you what I felt when I received the news. I immediately went to see him but it was too late as he had been prepared for burial. He was well liked here and was one of the best chaps it has been my priviledge to know.'
- ROH:- Marsden War Memorial.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private SMITH
- regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
- died: Sunday, March 18, 1917
- record ID: 281891
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #281891)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #4156005)