LEGGETT, Rhodolpho William

No.9034, Private Rodolpho LEGGETT
Aged 31

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 28th September 1918

Rhodolpho William LEGGETT was born in Albemarle Street, Harwich on 2nd March 1887(Tendring Q2-1887 4A:500) son of William and Harriet Elizabeth LEGGETT (née WIGHTMAN). The family usually spell the given name as Rhodolpho. His mother died in 1889 and father re-married

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at Laxfield with his grandfather Rhodolpho LEGGETT [52] wheelwright/coachbuilder born Framlingham; grandmother Rachel [59] born Framlingham; uncle Rhodolpho LEGGETT [14] wheelwright's apprentice born Laxfield; sister Flora [7] born Wickham Market.

1901 census...Aged 11, his Leggett grandparents had died and he was at Burgh Road, Hasketon boarding with his sister Florence [14] with Charles E OXBORROW [41] gamekeeper and his wife Susan [42]. The place of birth for Flora and Rodolpho is recorded as N.K.

1911 census...Aged 22 he was a gamekeeper boarding with John and Sarah GRIFFITHS and their son at Mocktree, Leintwarden, Shropshire.

His sole legatee was Miss Maggie M DREW. His sister married Frederick ORRIS in 1916 and was named in his Soldier's will. The connection to Fornham has not been found, but gamekeepers could be quite nomadic.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds in August 1914
Dying of his wounds it is impossible without his service record to say exactly where or when he was wounded. Early in the morning of the 27th September 1918 the battalion had moved off to cross the Canal du Nord and the enemy bombardment caught two companies. The Canal was crossed however and the village of Flesquières taken.

photo: courtesy relative V.Chase

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rodolpho Leggett is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, grave 14:A:10

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