Sapper Henry Leaman
|Regiment:||South Midland Engineers|
|Date of Birth:||1885Born Dawlish||Date of Death:||21/12/1916|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||LEAMAN H. SPR. S.MID. R.E.|
Henry Leaman enlisted in the Royal Engineers at Bristol and has a service record number of 498299. There is a further service record number of 3477 used in the Medal Roll index, and this is also given in Register of Soldiers' Effects.
It is quite common that servicemen transferred from one unit to another and it appears that Henry was first attached to the 1st/3rd Field Company and then to the 2/1st South Midland Field Company of Royal Engineers which included contingents from Gloucestershire.
Henry Leaman is shown to have died of shrapnel wounds on 21st December 1916.
Association with Dawlish
William Leaman (1858-1933) married Ellen Allford (1855-1910) in the June quarter of 1876. She was one of seven children of Job and Susan Allford living at Hele Cottage, St Marychurch in 1861.
They had a total of fourteen children of which eleven survived to the 1911 census.
By 1901 William had been promoted to “Gas Works Manager” and Henry aged 15 was a “groom, domestic”.
Henry followed a stoking tradition as a “railway engine stoker”.He had worked for the GWR locomotive department at Bristol for about ten years.
A report in the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette of 6 January 1917 says that he left “a widow and three young children”.
|Devon Roll of Honour|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||widow, Blanche Irene Leaman.|
|Last Known Address:||10 Golden Street, Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol|
Refs by subscription services:
National Probate Calendar – William Thomas Leaman.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War UK,
Register of Soldiers' Effects
Cox family tree (Ancestry) and Leaman family tree (Ancestry)
Exeter & Plymouth Gazette