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9 East Gate New Sleaford Lincolnshire
Leonard was the only child of Edward and Lizzie Gertrude Hawkes Gill (née Downes). His mother, known as Gertrude, was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Ann Downes and was born in New Sleaford, Lincolnshire, in 1867 (J/A/S Sleaford). She was baptised at Sleaford parish church on 25 December 1870. In 1881 Alfred, a solicitor's general clerk, his wife and children, including Lizzie (13), were living at 278 West Streeet, New Sleaford. Edward Gill (28) and Gertrude (21) were married on 2nd August 1888 at the parish church of Quarrington Lincoln. In 1891 Edward (31 b. Featherstone Yorkshire), a commercial clerk, and Gertrude were lodging at 233 Balsall Heath Road, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, in the household of George Sale, a commercial clerk, and his wife Katie. Their son, Leonard Edward, was born in New Sleaford in 1892 (J/A/S Sleaford Lincs) and baptised in Sleaford parish church on 16 July 1893. His parents were resident in Coathouse, Yorkshire. His parents evidently parted later as in 1901 Gertrude and Leonard were living with Gertrude's widowed mother, Mary Ann Downes (63), at 9 Eastgate, New Sleaford. Mary Ann was a milk seller and Gertrude was described as a housekeeper. Also in the household on the night of the census were Gertrude's unmarried brother, Oswald (23), of no occupation, and two lodgers, a seed crusher's manager and a bank clerk. In 1911 Leonard Gill was boarding at 22 Maples Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham, with Joseph Emmison (46 b. Lincoln), secretary at a tobacco bonded warehouse (probably John Player & Sons) and his wife Mary Ann. Leonard was employed as a clerk at John Player & Sons, tobacco manufacturer. At the time of the 1911 Census Gertrude was manageress at the Pier Hotel in Skegness, Lincolnshire, employed by Charlie Thornton, hotel keeper, and his wife Florence. Gertrude's marital status was given as widow; no record of Edward's death has yet been traced. Both the newspaper report of Leonard's death and the probate records give his address as the Star and Garter Hotel, Hazelford, Bleasby. It is likely that his mother Gertrude was the hotel manageress. Gertrude later moved to Manor Cottage, Upton, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
He was a clerk for John Player and Sons in 1911.
17 Sep 1917
25
302644 - CWGC Website
R2948
Second Lieutenant
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Serving initially in the Kings Royal Rifle Company (R/2948 Private), Leonard later obtained a commission in the 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). In 'Robin Hoods' by Officers of the Battalions (p.448) there is a mention of 'Gill, Leonard Edward, 2/Lt, k. in a., 17/9/17 (M.G.C.).' It appears that Leonard was attached to the Machine Gun Corps. His medal record card shows that he was deployed to Flanders in 1915 and served initially with the Kings Royal Rifle Company. He was killed in action on 17 September 1917 and was buried in the Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas de Calais, France (grave ref I.C.28). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, 24 September 1917: ‘The Roll of Honour. Killed. Lieut. LE Gill. Second-Lieut. Leonard E Gill, only son of Mrs Gill, Star and Garter Hotel, Hazelford Ferry, Bleasby, was killed in action on September 17th. He was 25 years of age, and obtained a commission in the Sherwood Foresters in February, 1916. He joined the Machine Gun Corps in October the same year.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Gill Leonard Edward of the Star and Garter Hotel Hazleford (sic) Ferry Nottinghamshire second-lieutenant in HM Army died 17 September 1917 in France Administration (with Will) Nottingham 23 October to Gertrude Gill widow. Effects £92 6s. 10d.
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  • Leonard Edward Gill -
  • The Star and Garter stands next to the site where the Hazelford Ferry used to offer a crossing of the River Trent, before the construction of the first Gunthorpe Bridge towards the end of the 19th century, after which the ferry service declined and ultimately closed. The Star and Garter is now the Hazelford Care Home.
    Star and Garter Hotel, Hazelford, Bleasby, c 1920 - The Star and Garter stands next to the site where the Hazelford Ferry used to offer a crossing of the River Trent, before the construction of the first Gunthorpe Bridge towards the end of the 19th century, after which the ferry service declined and ultimately closed. The Star and Garter is now the Hazelford Care Home.