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29 Sep 1895
St Ann's, Nottingham
Leonard lived at Owthorpe Grove, Sherwood. He was born at St Ann's, Nottingham in 1896, the son of Leonard and Kate Elizabeth Mayfield, of Woodthorpe, Nottingham. He was educated at Carrington and High Pavement schools. At the time of the 1911 census he and his parents were living at 72 Leslie Road, Nottingham he was 15 years of age and still a scholar. He had no siblings. He was married to Winifred Mayfield and they lived at 8 Owthorpe Grove, Sherwood, Nottingham. He was employed in the offices of J & R Morley at Fletcher Gate.
He was a chorister and sacristan at St Augustine's church, New Basford. He was one of ten choristers who served in the Great War, two of whom were killed. He was employed by J and R Morley, Fletcher Gate
27 Sep 1918
1746669 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
He enlisted into the Army as a Private in September 1914 and within five weeks was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He went to France in September 1915 and was commissioned Temporary 2nd Lieutenant into the Northumberland Fusiliers, being attached to their 1st Battalion. The battalion landed at Havre on the 14th August 1914 as part of the original British Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action at Cambrai and left a widow and one child. His name is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.
WMA27430: Leonard's family raised a memorial in St Augustine's church; the church was demolished in 1989 and the whereabouts of the memorial is not known. The memorial was carved dark wood, approx. 6ftx4ft, the insignia of the Northumberland Fusiliers is carved at the top of the board with two carved female figures either side of the inscription: 'To the Glory of God, King and Country. In memory of Leonard Augustus Mayfield, chorister and sacristan of this church. 2nd Lieutenant First Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, loving husband of Winifrid and only son of Leonard and Kate Elizabeth Mayfield. Killed at Havrincourt while leading his men in action and within 12 yards of his objective, on the morning of September 27th 1918. Born September 29th 1895.' (Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project). Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 15 October 1918: 'Mayfield. Killed in action September 27th, Second Lieutenant A Mayfield, Northumberland Fusiliers, husband of Winifred Mayfield, Sherwood. Only son of Mr and Mrs Leonard Mayfield of Woodthorpe.'
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