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Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 1/10th Battalion Manchester Regiment, M.C.

Killed in action 20th April 1917, age 29.

Buried in Tincourt New British Military Cemetery, France.

Former student of medicine.


 

Leonard at Uttoxeter in 1887 to Dr W.J and Mrs A.A Baird. As a child he lived in Springwells, Bury and was educated at Manchester Grammar School, before attending Manchester University, in 1906, to study medicine and later King’s College London. He qualified as a Doctor in 1914.

Leonard enlisted shortly after the outbreak of the war and was commissioned a Lieutenant on 5th September 1914 in the 3rd West Lancashire Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Promoted to Captain, he became the Medical Officer with the 1/10th Manchester Regiment in the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. He served throughout with the battalion in Gallipoli Campaign in 1915, then in Egypt before moving to the Western Front in 1917. He was decorated for bravery with the Military Cross and twice mentioned in despatches for his courage. He was killed by a trap in the form of a concealed bomb in the Somme sector of France in April 1917.