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29 Sep 1895
Deepcar, Sheffield
Leonard Duffield was the son of Richard Henry Duffield and his first wife Ada Goddard. His father Richard Henry was born in Radford on 11 September 1864, the son of Richard Henry and Elizabeth Duffield (née Evans). He was living with his parents in Chesterfield in 1881 but by 1891 Richard snr. and Elizabeth had returned to Radford, Nottingham, although their son was no longer living with them. His mother Ada was born in Deeopcar, Yorkshire, in about 1872, the daughter of Samuel and Ellen Goddard (née Hawley). Richard Henry (27), a labourer, and Ada (21), of no occupation, were married at Penistone parish church on 27 August 1892 (J/A/S Wortley Yorkshire). They probably had four children, one of whom died in infancy. Their surviving children were: Frank b. 2 November 1892 bap. Bolsterstone Sheffield 23 November 1892; Richard Henry b. 24 February 1894 bap. Bolsterstone 21 March 1894 and Leonard b. 29 September 1895 bap. Bolsterstone 12 January 1896. Ada Duffield died aged 24 in 1896 (reg. Wortley) which resulted in the break up of the family. By 1901 Richard Henry and his son Frank (8) were living with Richard’s widowed mother Elizabeth Duffield (65) at 56 Citadel Street, Radford. Richard Henry jnr. (7) was living with his maternal aunt Catherine Hall and her husband George and their children on Bulwell Street, Chesterfield. Leonard (5) meanwhile was living with his widowed maternal grandmother, Ellen Goddard (56), in Stocksbridge, Wortley, Yorkshire. Richard snr. married Sarah Ellen Towlson (b. 1868) in 1905 (O/N/D Nottingham); there were no children of the marriage. In 1911 he and Sarah (42) were living at 62 St Peter's Street, Radford. From the way Richard completed the census it appeared that his three children by his first marraige were living with him and his second wife. However, having written the details of his three sons Richard then crossed out the details. Although his son Richard Henry has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census, Frank had joined the Royal Marines Light Infantry in 1909 and was probably serving in Chatham although he transferred to the Royal Navy on 8 April 1911, and Leonard was a fellow lodger with his uncle, Mark Goddard (Ada's brother), in Deepcar, Yorkshire. One miltary record gives Leonard's residence when he enlisted in 1914 as Nottingham although he enlisted in Consett, County Durham. Richard's second wife Sarah Ellen died in June 1911 (A/M/J Nottingham, burial 10 June) and he married Eliza Punter in 1912 (J/F/M). Eliza died in 1926 (J/F/M Nottingham). The widowed Richard was still living at 62 St. Peter's Street in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled; he had retired as a coal miner hewer. Richard died in Nottingham in June 1943 (burial 17 June). Leonard's brother Frank who had served in the Royal Marines Light Infantry from 24 November 1909 to 7 April 1911 and then in the Royal Navy, served continuously in the RN until 7 April 1923 when he was discharged on completion of his engagement. He transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 8 April. Frank had probably served in the UK throughout the war. Their brother Richard Henry is also commemorated on Radford St Peter war memorial. He served in the Royal Sussex Regiment under an assumed name, Robert HENRYS, and died in France in 1916.
In 1911 Leonard was working as an ingot stamper in a steelworks.
28 Mar 1918
1540714 - CWGC Website
Residence Nottingham, enlisted Consett Co. Durham
18th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Pte. Duffield enlisted at Consett Co. Durham on 8 November 1914. He embarked for France 7 October 1915 with the 14th Bn. Durham Light Infantry. He was promoted lance corporal 8 November 1915. Much of the paperwork in his army service record relates to an incident on 11 May 1916 when he suffered a self-inflicted wound to his left foot while he was cleaning his rifle, which he had presumed was unloaded. Having heard evidence from several witnesses to the incident, the Field General Court Martial held on 5 June 1916 found Leonard not guilty of 'neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline (self inflicted wound).' However, he reverted to private at his own request on 17 June 1916. Leonard was deemed fit to resume active service on 30 July 1916 and was posted to the 18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 28 March 1918 during the German spring offensive; he was initially reported missing. Leonard has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. CWGC - Arras Memorial (extract): 'The Arras memorial commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918.'
His brother Richard Henry is also commemorated on Radford St Peter war memorial. He served as Robert HENRYS in the 13th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment (G/16037 Private) and died in France on 23 September 1916. (See record on this Roll of Honour) WMR 279979 Stocksbridge [Yorkshire] memorial clocktower - Leonard Duffield Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His sole legatee was his aunt, Florence Gaunt. His service documents include an internal army memo dated October 1919 requesting that Leonard's personal possessions and medals be sent to Mrs Florence Gaunt, 12 Crescent, Woodlands, near Doncaster.
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