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Surname: FOSTER

Forename(s): Leonard

Place of Birth: Long Preston, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: T/2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 15th (Service) Battalion. (1st Leeds)

Division: 31st Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-08-13

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: In West part.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

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Leonard Foster (born 29 June 1889) was the son of John William and Lucy Anne Foster, née Turvey. John was born at Blackburn and Lucy at Manchester, Lancashire.

1891 Long Preston, Yorkshire Census: Prospect House - Leonard Foster, aged 1 year, born Long Preston, son of John Wm. and Lucy Anne Foster.

1901 Pool, Yorkshire, Census: The Prospect - Leonard Foster, aged 11 years, born Long Preston, Yorkshire, son of John Wm. and Lucy Anne Foster.

1911 Leeds, Yorkshire Census: 20, North Parade, West Park - Leonard Foster, aged 21 years, born Long Preston, Yorkshire. [Leonard was living with his sister, Frances, and brother-in-law, Harry Walker Russell.]

Leonard was married to Martha Avery Hill in 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: T/2nd Lt Leonard Foster, 15th West Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (3) Egypt. Date of entry therein: 22 December 1915. Correspondence: J.H. Foster applies re his late brother's medals, 24 January 1921. Address: 72, Briggate, Leeds.

Leonard is commemorated on the Pool-in-Wharfedale War Memorial.

The 15th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Leeds), informally known as the Leeds Pals, were amalgamated with the 17th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Leeds) to form the 15th/17th Battalion on the 7 December 1917.

Photograph: 'de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918' – Part Two.

Data Source: de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-18


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T/2nd Lieutenant Leonard FOSTER

T/2nd Lieutenant Leonard FOSTER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

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Surname: FOSTER

Forename(s): Leonard





Rank: 2/Lt (TP)

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 15th Battalion


Died Date: 13/08/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War:


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Surname: FOSTER

Forename(s): L

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 15th Bn.



Died Date: 13/08/1916

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Two

FOSTER, LEONARD, 2nd Lieut., 15th (Service) Battn. The Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regt., yr. s. of John William Foster, of The Prospect, Pool, co. York, Draper, by his wife, Lucy Anne, dau. of Thomas Turvey, of Beverley; b. Long Preston, co. York, 29 June, 1889; educ. Ilkley Grammar School, and on leaving there was articled to Mr. G.W. Atkinson, Architect and Surveyor, during which time he passed the Surveyors’ Institute and A.R.I.B.A. Exam., winning many prizes and medals for architectural designs, beside his ordinary work, and was subsequently employed at the Municipal Buildings, Leeds; enlisted in Aug. 1914, after the outbreak of war; obtained a commission in the 15th West Yorkshire Regt. 26 July, 1915; served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt from the following Dec., also with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from March, 1916, and died in the Empire Hospital, Westminster, 13 Aug. 1916, from wounds received in action at the Battle of the Somme on 1 July previously. His Colonel wrote: “I knew him intimately. He was Adjutant to me for a time, and I never met a man I could trust more. Duty was his watchword and high principle guided all his actions. I lost in him one of the best officers any Commanding Officer could wish to have, and a dear friend and comrade.” and Mr. Atkinson: “I loved him and admired his splendid qualities, which I had every opportunity of realizing during the many years it was my good fortune to be associated with him. His unfailing personal charm and absolute reliability made him what he was, one of the most charming, capable gentleman in the world.” He m. at Burley Church, 9 Oct. 1915, Martha Avery, dau. of George Hill; s.p.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


FOSTER Leonard of 34 St. Michael’s lane Headingley-cum-Burley Leeds a second-lieutenant in the West Yorkshire regiment died 13 August 1916 at the Empire Hospital Vincent-square Westminster on active service Probate Wakefield 26 January to Martha Avery Foster widow. Effects £1234 1s. 10d.

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