Private 31433, 1st Battalion King’s Shropshite Light Infantry.

Died 6th October 1918, age 26.

Buried at Conde-Sur-L’Escaut Communal Cemetery, France.

Former student of arts.


Leonard was born in 1892 at Preston to Thomas F. and C.G. Higgins of Plymouth Grove, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Municipal Secondary School he entered Manchester University in 1910 and graduated with a B.A. and Teaching Certificate in 1913. Whilst at the University he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. After his studies he became a school teacher at St. Agnes’ School, Longsight and a Lay Reader at St. James’s on George Street. In February 1916 he enlisted. On 21st March 1918 he was captured by the Germans during their massive attack on British lines. Leonard died as a prisoner of war at Conde on 6th October 1918.