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Date of Birth
12 Sep 1888
Date of Death
16 Mar 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Cpl Leonard Euinton, 32990, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in France by a minenwerfer [trench mortar] on March 16th, 1917. He was aged 28.
A chaplain wrote that he had been killed while holding a post in a front trench. His death must have been instantaneous as the part of the trench in which he was on duty was blown in. He was buried the next day in a little cemetery near the line he was defending, in the presence of a number of his comrades.
He was the son of William and Priscilla Euinton, of 68 Baker Street, Luton, and had been employed as an iron moulder at the Diamond Foundry, Dallow Road. He enlisted in the Territorials (Bedfordshire Regiment) a few months before the outbreak of war and was called up for service in August 1914, for some time acting as sergeant-cook. He was trained at Newmarket and Darlington, and went to the Front just before Christmas 1916.
Leonard had married Edith May Rainbow Elston, from Luton, at St Matthew's Church, High Town, on October 29th, 1910. The couple, who lived at 57 Boyle Street, Luton, had a daughter, Ruby Olive, born in February 1913.