Leonard Franklin

Private Leonard Franklin, d. 18th September 1918

Research is under way and will be completed in time for the anniversary of his death.

Leonard, the third of four brothers, was the last to be born in Wootton Bassett, in about 1880. In 1881 his father, William Franklin and his family lived in Beamans Lane. William worked as a Great Western Railway labourer. By 1883 William and his family had moved to Haydon Wick, and by 1891 they were in Rodbourne Cheney.

At some point Leonard moved to Abertillery in Wales, as did his sister Ellen and her husband Selby Toombs in about 1909.

Leonard enlisted in April 1918. He was a blacksmith, a widower, and lived at 44 Alma Street, Abertillery. His mother was living at 6 Charles Street, Rodbourne, Swindon.

Leonard enlisted in Newport and served as a Private in the 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers (58774), and was later transferred to the 13th (Service) Battalion of the Welch Regiment (58281). He went out to France on the 1st of September 1918. His service record has survived and details will be added.

He was killed in action in France on 18th September 1918. His Army Book was received but contained no will.

He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panel 7.

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