Private Leonard Spencer CROTCH 15/1492
Born Bradford, York’s 1896
Died Bradford York’s 1921
Leonard Spencer Crotch was the second eldest of six children born to Jabez and Alice(Nee Spencer)Crotch of Bradford. In 1909 after leaving school Leonard acquired work at Bradford’s Manningham Mills as a worsted dyers labourer, His Older brother Arthur was also employed by the same company as a spinners labourer.
In 1913 Jabez died leaving is his widow with four boys and two girls to look after, the youngest being 9 years old.
At the outbreak of WW1 the three eldest brothers Joined up.
Arther Spencer Crotch served in WW1 as 16180 Pte A.S Crotch 1st/7th Lancashire Fusiliers, he was Killed in Action on the 4th of September 1918.
Ernest Spencer Crotch born 1898 and underage on enlistment served as 18/1525 Pte E Crotch 18th West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Pals).he was Killed in Action on the 1st of July 1916.
Leonard joined the Leeds Pals in the second raising enlisting at Colsterdale on the 21st of May 1915. He served with the Pals in Colsterdale but before the Battalion left England he was posted to the 1st reserve battalion and then transferred to the Labour Corps with whom he served out the rest of the war.
In 1919 after the war had ended Leonard married Doris Willey, Sadly 2 years later he died aged 25 Years.
Pte Arthur Spencer Crotch is buried in Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais France.
Pte Ernest Spencer CROTCH as no known grave so is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial France.