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Date of Birth
Date of Death
23 Apr 1917
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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.