From his baptism, census and military records we know that Leonard was born on 6 September 1895 at Nettleton, Dalton and baptised on the 3 November 1895, at Kirkheaton Parish Church. His parents were Tom and Catherine (nee Popely). He had three brothers and three sisters.
Leonard enlisted on 13 May 1916, joining the 1/5th Duke of Wellingtons West Yorkshire Regiment. At the time he was living at 7 Nettleton, Dalton being employed as a pattern weaver.
He was posted to France on the 6 August 1916 and died from his wounds during the Battle of the Somme, 13 September 1916. He spent a total of 38 days on French soil.
[The life expectancy of a soldier at the Front was 6 weeks]
The photo of Leonard was provide by his cousin’s granddaughter now living in America and his family gravestone can been seen in Kirkheaton Cemetery