Pte Leonard Smith 15/1393

Pte Leonard Smith 15/1393

Born Leeds 11th November 1892

Died December 1958

Leonard Smith was one of six children born to Martin and Clara Smith of 15, School Close, Farnley, Leeds. He enlisted in June 1915 serving with number 12 Platoon of C company at Colsterdale Egypt and France, at the time of enlistment he was employed as an engine driver working alongside his father at the Farnley forge works.
on the 1st of July 1916 battle of the Somme C company were first over the top, as the Pals left the trenches the Enemy opened up on them with heavy shelling and machine gun fire, Leonard recieved serious shrapnel wounds and was carried to a field dressing station behind the lines, after a while in hospital in Calais he recovered sufficiently to be returned to duty, this was with the Royal engineers
In England .
He was discharged early in 1918 due to the effects of his wounds but then in November 1918 caught Influenza, he recovered from the flu but for many years afterwards was still receiving treatment for his wounds at Chapel Allerton hospital in Leeds.
In December 1920 he married his sweetheart Alice Poole, they went on to have 3 sons and a daughter.

Leonard Smith Leeds Pal died in December 1958 aged 66.

With special thanks to Barbara Goodley Leonard’s Grand daughter for family background details.

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