Private Horace Karl Leaney

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

1 Feb 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation

Railway porter at Leagrave


Midland Railway

Service Number


Place of Birth

Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom

World War I Address

Oak Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Shoreham-on-Sea Military Hospital
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Holy Trinity Churchyard
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 21st February 1918
Horace Leaney gravetone, Biscot Churchyard

Pte Horace Karl Leaney, 30858, Bedfordshire Yeomanry, died at Shoreham-on-Sea Military Hospital in Sussex from pneumonia on February 1st, 1918. He was wounded in action in May 1917 and had been in hospital ever since. He was buried at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Biscot, on February 8th.

Horace Leaney was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1887. On September 26th, 1908, he married Kent girl Mary Ann Osborne at Luton Parish Church and was a railway porter at the Midland Railway station at Leagrave. He lived with his wife and four young children - Thomas, Dorothy, William and Arthur - in Oak Road [now Oakley Road], Leagrave.

Horace is commemorated on the Leagrave War Memorial, as shown in the slideshow below along with his Biscot Churchyard gravestone and a picture of Horace with the 3/1st Beds Yeomanry in training at Colchester in 1915 (Horace is third from the left in the middle row).

Author: Deejaya

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