Rifleman Leonard Walter Blackburn
|Regiment:||London Rifle Brigade, 5th Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||1898Born Carshalton, Surrey||Date of Death:||29/12/1916|
|Memorial:||Not Listed||Memorial Inscription|
The London Regiment
The London Regiment was unusual. Not only were all of its battalions of the Territorial Force (although the first four were affiliated to the other City of London regiment, the all-regular Royal Fusiliers) but each battalion was regarded as a Corps in its own right.
His funeral was reported in the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette of 2 January 1917, “ Rifleman L.W.Blackburn, London Rifle Brigade, was buried with full military honours yesterday at the cemetery.
Association with Dawlish
Leonard Walter Blackburn was the second son of Joseph and Sarah Blackburn.
It is likely that Leonard enlisted early in 1916 and was attached to the 3rd/5th Battalion which moved to Exeter and then to Dawlish where he died and was buried in the cemetery.
|Devon Roll of Honour|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Father, Joseph Blackburn|
|Last Known Address:||Norfolk Cottage, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey.|