LEONARD, Charles James

No.34835, Private, Charles James LEONARD
Aged 30

9th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Killed in Action presumed on Monday, 30th April 1917

Charles James Leonard was born in 1887 (Mildenhall Q1-1887 4A:710), son of Isaac and Sarah LEONARD (née BONNETT).

1891 census...Aged 4, he was at Cottages, Pot Hall Road, Mildenhall with his father Isaac LEONARD [37] farm labourer; his mother Sarah [30]; brother John [8]; sisters Mary Jane [10], Ellen [6] and Sarah [16 months]. All were born in Mildenhall.

1901 census...Aged 14, farm labourer, he was at Hurdle Drove, West Row with his parents (mother now recorded as born in Isleham); brothers John (farm labourer) and George [9] born Mildenhall; sister Sarah.

1911 census...Aged 24 a farm labourer, he was at Mr T Jaggard's farm at Hurdle Drove, West Row, with his widower father (now foreman); brothers John and George (farm labourers) and sister Sarah.

In Q3-1916, in Bury St Edmunds, he married Selina BARTON [22-3-1884],later of GER Refreshment Rooms, Chingford.

His brother George was killed serving in France in the Suffolk Regiment in 1918. see here

He enlisted in Chelmsford.
1743 K.R.1912 on his medal index card indicates it was not possible to deliver (next of kin had a habit of moving without telling the Army)

The 9th Essex were involved in the fighting to the west of Arras. A line drawn from Fampoux to Monchy , where it crosses the A1 is about the area of Lancer Lane and Rifle Trench. According to the war diary, at 3 am on the 30th, the battalion made a frontal attack on RIFLE TRENCH. They were relieved after dark and marched back to RAILWAY TRIANGLE. O.R. casualties recorded were 15 killed, 3 died of wounds, 91 wounded and 22 missing.

CWC records 28 killed including 3 officers. Only one man has an identified grave, the rest are named on the Arras Memorial.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Leonard is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, bay 7

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