Rank or Title

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat blocker

Employer

Family business

Service Number

33586

Place of Birth

Markyate
United Kingdom

World War I Address

Ferndale
57 Russell Rise
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

France

Grave Location

Grave location no longer known
France

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Pte Leonard Anderson

 

Pte Leonard Anderson, 33586, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in the Battle of Arras in France on April 23rd, 1917. He was aged 28.

He was the eldest son of Frederick and Annie Anderson, of Ferndale, 57 Russell Rise, Luton. Lieut T. H. Warren, of a Canadian Infantry Battalion, wrote to Mrs Anderson to say the body of her son was buried reverently on the field of battle by a party from his battalion.

Leonard Anderson was an old boy of Christ Church School who had joined the Beds Yeomanry (2127) on November 1st 1915. He trained at Turvey, Hatfield Peveril and other centres before being transferred to the Bedfordshire Regiment in the autumn of 1916. He went to France the following December.

He had attended Wellington Street Baptist Church Sunday School and later became a member of Luton Conservative Club, where a flag was flown at half-mast in his memory.

Leonard's father was involved in a hat manufacturing business at 92 Hastings Street, Luton.

Individual Location

Pte Leonard Anderson

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