No.15944, Private, Ernest LEONARD
11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Ernest Leonard was born in Soham (Newmarket Q1-1897 3B:546), son of George and Sarah LEONARD (née SMITH).
1901 census... Aged 4, he was at Great Fen Drove, Soham with his father George LEONARD  horsekeeper; his mother Sarah ; brothers Alfred , George Richard , Henry  and John Thomas ; sister Sarah Melinda . All were born in Soham.
1911 census...Aged 14, farm labourer, he was at Black Wing Drove, Fodder Fen, Soham with his parents; brothers George Richard, Henry (both farm labourers), John Thomas, Ellis  and Arthur Edward ; sisters Sarah Melinda and Rebecca Agnes . The new siblings also born in Soham. His mother had lost 3 of her 12 children.
He married Alice Maud Mary BLOXHAM [21-1-1895] in 1915 (Chesterton Q4-1915 3B:1427). Their daughter was born on 7-2-1916. Widow's address was Blackwing Drove, Prickwillow.
Enlisted in Ely.
On the 27th March the Battalion took over front line trenches at Fleurbaix. The war diary has a simple report "One man killed on working party" for the 6th April, which of course was Ernest
photo: Rodney Gibson photo:Rodney Gibson
photo: Rodney Gibson
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