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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Pte 49541 Leonard Thornton

  • Age: 37
  • From: Saddleworth
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Saturday 30th June 1917
  • Commemorated at: Perth Cem Zillebeke
    Panel Ref: II.A.40

Leonard was born in 1880 in Uppermill, Saddleworth, Yorkshire. His parents Robert Thornton and his wife Alice (nee Lawton) married in St. Chad’s, Saddleworth, in 1878. Leonard was the  second of ten children: brothers Walter, Reginald, James, Julius, and Charles, and sisters Mary Louisa and Dora. Two other children, Norman and Emmeline, died in infancy.

In 1881 the young couple, with sons Walter, 2 and Leonard, 9 months old, are living in Court Street, Saddleworth.  His father is an insurance agent. His mother’s family is living in the same street.

In 1891 the family is living in Church Road, Saddleworth. His father 36 is a wool dyer. They now have six children. His father’s family lives nearby.

In 1901 they are living at 5 St. Chad’s Terrace, Church Road, Saddleworth. His mother Alice is head of the household. Leonard is 20 years old, and working as a tailor.

Leonard married Ethel Wyld in Stockport in 1907.  Their daughter Kathleen was born the same year, and son Eric was born in 1910.

In 1911 Leonard and Ethel and the two children are living with her widowed mother, Ethel Ann Wyld, at the Wellington Inn, Greenfield, Saddleworth. Leonard is 30 years old, and a tailor.  His mother in law is a licensed victualler. Their third child, Nancy, was born in 1913.

Leonard enlisted in Liverpool and joined the Lancashire Hussars Yeomanry, as Private 7950, he was subsequently transferred to the 20th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 49541. By June 1917 the battalion had entered the Ypres salient, where Leonard was killed in action on 30th June 1917, aged 37.  He lies in Perth Cemetery, Zillebeke, Flanders.­­

Leonard’s children were 9, 6, and 3 years old when he was killed. He left £371 2s 9d to his widow Ethel. She never remarried and in 1939 she and her children were living at 85 Broadway Street, in Oldham; married daughter Kathleen, is an assistant school teacher, son Eric is a dental surgeon, and daughter Nancy  is a textile manufacturer’s clerk. Ethel’s mother was still living with them, as was her sister Jessie. Ethel died in 1972 aged 92.

Leonard is commemorated on the Saddleworth memorial.

Killed On This Day.

(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old