Leonard Townend – Driver 111447

Leonard was born 12th July  1867 in Kippax

His Father was Charles Townend and Mother Elizabeth

He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 20th October 1915 in Leeds.. He declared his age as 35 and 2 months. His actual age was 48 .

In October 1915 he was posted to No 1 Royal Field Artillery, Newcastle Depot, Then in Nov 1915 to the 2nd Reserve Battalion.

On 10th April 1917 he was posted to Havre in France. Then to the lst  Army red (Reserve Camp Corp) from 30th June 1917 to 18th July 1917.

21st Feb 1918 he was posted to 13 Corp School of Sanitation (this was possibly driving field ambulances in France

9th March to 23rd march 1918 he returned  to UK on leave, then returns to France.

14th May 1918 he is admitted to 3 sty hospital with a cyst to his abdomen until 10th July 1918 when he was sent back to the UK and was discharged on 17th February 1919,

He died after discharge on 16th June 1919.
. He is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in St Mary’s Church Grave, (Row 59 Grave 3 North of the Path- Not Garforth Cemetery)
On the St Mary’s Parish Burial Record he is listed as 51 years old

Leonard’s first wife was Louisa T nee Dickinson (b 1873 in Crossgates). She died in Q1 1908
On the Parish records of his second marriage he is listed as Charles Leonard Townend. He married Eliza Saddington ( a widow aged 40) on 17th Oct 1908 in Dewsbury. Her father was Charles Foster. Leonard was listed as a widow aged 40 who was a miner of Springfield Place, West Garforth. His father was also called Charles
In 1919 he was listed as husband of Eliza of Swillington Common

Leonard Townend Certificate

Grateful thanks for the information provided by Martin Ashton