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
Pte 22089 Leonard Gibson
- Age: 21
- From: Widnes, Lancs
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Wednesday 1st August 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
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Leonard Gibson was born in 1895 in Widnes and was the son of James Gibson and his wife Eleanor (nee Randles) of 88 Cholmondeley St, Widnes. His father died in 1903. He was a pupil at the West Bank Council school and a member of the Hartland Wesleyan Chapel in Oakland Street, West Bank. Prior to enlisting he had been employed a clerk at Gossage's.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at 88 Cholmondeley St, Widnes. His mother Eleanor is a widow aged 46, born 1865 no occupation and born in Runcorn. She had been married for 24 years before being widowed and had seven children of which one had died. Of the surviving children William John is aged 22, born 1889 is a carpenter and joiner and was born in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, Ada is aged 19, born 1892 is a packer for a dry soap manufacturer, Leonard aged 15, shown as born in 1896 is a junior clerk also for dry soap manufacturer, Doris aged 13, was born 1898, Frederick aged 10, born 1901 and James Henry aged 8, born 1903 are at school.
Leonard enlisted on the 5th November 1914 in Liverpool joining the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 22089. He stated that he was aged 19 years and one day and he gave his occupation as a clerk. He was five feet four and half inches tall, weighed 112lbs, had a fresh complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair and gave his religion was Wesleyan.
26.09.15: Absent without leave- Confined to barracks for one day and forfeit of a days pay.
08.12.16: Granted leave from 8.12.16-17.12.16.
Leonard was killed in action on the 1st August, 1917, aged 21 during the third Battle of Ypres. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
His mother had just returned home from visiting her other son, John, who was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and in hospital suffering from gas poisoning. The telegram informing her of the death in action of Leonard was delivered just as she arrived home. She later learned he had been killed by shell-fire during the first Battle for Pilkem Ridge
He is commemorated locally at St Mary's Church.
His mother received his personal effects which consisted of photos, a wallet, a National Savings Certificate and a bag.
Killed On This Day.(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old