No.26051, Private, Alfred LEONARD
Aged 37

8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
formerly 3136, Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 23rd July 1917

Alfred LEONARD was born on 27th January 1880 (Mildenhall Q1-1880 4A:629), baptised in Mildenhall on 30th March 1881, son of Henry Porter and Sarah Ann LEONARD (née CLEMENTS).

1881 census...Aged 1, he was at Mill Street, Mildenhall with his father Henry P LEONARD [26] labourer; his mother Sarah Ann [25]; Brother Walter [2], sister Alice Eliza LEONARD [4] and widowed grandmother Elizabeth LEONARD [62]. All were Mildenhall born.

1891 census...Aged 11, he was at Mill Street with his parents (father now groom/milkman); Alice (help at home) ; brother Walter (errand boy); sisters Lizzie [9], Mabel [2] and Annie M [7 months] all born in Mildenhall.

1901 census...Aged 21, single, a baker, he was a visitor at 40 Nelson Road, Wimbledon to baker John MOULE and his family. His parents were now in St Andrews Street, Mildenhall father an ostler at hotel, with Walter (journeyman baker) and Mabel and Annie.

In Q1-1903 (Mildenhall 4A:1009)he married Maud Harriett Ellen WOOLLARD [18-12-1881].

1911 census...Aged 31, a journeyman baker, he was at 71 Nelson Road, Wimbledon with his wife Maud Harriett Ellen [30] born Stetchworth.
His father was now a publican, at the Bell Tap, St Andrews Street, Mildenhall,(now recorded as born Aspall, Suffolk) with his mother (now recorded as born Undley);Alice (assisting in house) and an illegitimate granddaughter of his parents, Edna Maud LEONARD [5] born Mildenhall.( Alice's daughter ?)

His widow was firstly at Nods Hall, Tuddneham before moving to St Andrews Street, Mldenhall

For some reason Alfred was not on the original panels on the memorial but when George Leonard's name was removed, Alfred seems to have replaced him.

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds. He was killed less than one year after enlisting.

The East Surrey war diary has:-
"Artillery activity on both sides was considerably increased at times developing into intense bombardment. Enemy aircraft displayed normal activity. Patrols under 2/Lts Riddett, Dawson and Shrapnel went out during the night with intention of examining the enemy wire and defences, and if possible, to secure identification. The enemy front line in front of the battalion sector was found to be unoccupied, but no identifications were secured. Information was received during the day that the Battn would be relieved by 2nd Bedfords on the night of 23/24 inst.
Casualties: Other ranks killed 2, wounded 3.

approx position of trench they held when relieved by 2nd Bedfords on 23rd July

The Bury Free Press of 25th August 1917 reported:-

Some time since a report was received that Prvt A.Leonard of St. Andrew's Street, Mildenhall, had been wounded, but from a subsequent report it now appears that he was killed in action on the 23rd July last. Prvt Leonard was an employee of Mr. W.G.Mothersole, of this town before he joined up. Much sympathy is felt for his widow.

Alfred Leonard is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, panel 34

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