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Sneinton Nottingham
Leonard Dresher, known as Leon, was the only child of Adolph and Mary Jane Dresher (née Cook). His parents married at Nottingham and Leon’s birth was registered there (J/A/S/1897). His father died prior to the 1911 Census which recorded Leonard living with his widowed mother who was then a 34 year old dressmaker born at West Bridgford. The pair lived at 21 Guy’s Terrace Blue Bell Hill Nottingham but by 1914 had moved to 19 Ferris Street Nottingham. In 1918 Mary married William Saltinstall at Nottingham and they lived at 1 Abbotsford Street St Ann’s Nottingham.
In 1911 he was an apprentice electrical engineer and a packer upon enlistment.
09 Nov 1918
2750269 - CWGC Website
19 Ferris Street Nottingham
Private Second Class
Royal Air Force
'K' Section Recruits Training Wing Leonard Dresher attested on 13th May 1914 at London giving his age as 18 years and 284 days. He was posted as a gunner into the Royal Garrision Artillery and joined them at the Citadel in Portsmouth on 20th May 1914. He was embodied for war on 13th October 1914. He landed in France on 5th November 1914 and on 4th March 1917 was posted to the 38th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He returned to England on 23rd February 1918 and was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley (service record states he was ‘sick’ no further details given). On 21st August 1918 he was discharged from the Army. On 26th October 1918 he commenced service with the Royal Air Force (incorrectly giving his age as 23, born 3rd August 1895). He died at the Military Hospital in Blandford on 9th November 1918.
Death notice published 13th November 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post : ‘DRESHER. – Died in military hospital, November 9th, Gnr. Leonard Dresher (Leon), R.G.A., the dearly loved and only son of Mary Saltinstall, Carisbrooke-terrace, aged 21. Over four years service in France.’ Death notice courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Church Rock Cemetery Grave Reference: St Mary Mount 5859 Leonard Dresher appears as Dresker in military records (presumably either an alias or a mis-transcription).
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