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Remembering William and Frederick

poppypngsmallThe picture above is of Gunner William Edward Leadenham, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, who died in hospital in France during the First World War after being shot in the head at the age of 19 in August 1917.

It was sent to us by Elaine Holmes, who lives in Goadby Marwood. He was one of Elaine's later father Edward Atkinson's cousins. Another was Driver Frederick Charles Dexter, of the Royal Engineers, who died aged 19 in January 1917 in Salonika, Greece.

William was educated at Melton Grammar School, and spent some time subsequently on his father’s farm before deciding to enlist, despite being in a reserved occupation, in September 1916. The family home was at Guadaloupe Farm, Eye Kettleby.


poppypngsmallFrederick, the son of a saddler, was born in Melton Mowbray and his family lived in Thorpe Road. He worked with his father for a time in the saddlery business, then went on to work on his uncle's farm in Eye Kettleby. He died in hospital at Salonika from enterica.

There is a burial commemoration for William at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Proven, Belgium, and for Frederick at Salonika Military Cemetery, Greece.

Elaine has in her possession some letters which were sent home by the men and some are included below.

*To read all the recent stories written about Remembrance click here.

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