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Basford, Nottingham
Leonard was born about 1890 and was the son of Thomas Mountford and Elizabeth Mountford (nee Butcher). His parents had probably married in the Basford registration district in 1872 (registered Oct/Nov/Dec). Thomas was a coal miner as were most of his sons. By the time of the 1911 census Thomas and Elizabeth had been married for 38 years and had had 14 children born alive of whom only nine were still living. Eleven children are named on the census between 1881 and 1911; the dates in brackets are the census dates when the children are recorded in their father's household: Elizabeth Mountford (1881/1891), Thomas Mountford (1881/1891), Rose Ann Mountford (1881), Samuel Mountford (1881/1891/1901), William Mountford (1891/1901), Mabel Mountford (1891/1901), Leonard Mountford (1891/1901), Violetta Mountford (1901), Winifred Mountford (1901), Albert Mountford (1901/1911) and Evelyn Mountford (1901/1911). The family lived in Basford; in 1881 the family home was at 6 Southwark Place but the two subsequent census give their address as 134 Park Lane. By 1911, though, they were living at 114 Park Lane, Old Basford, the address given in the notice of Leonard's death in the local paper in 1914. Leonard, who had been a coal miner, joined the army in 1907 and in 1911 was recorded on the military census in Plympton, Devon.
He was a coal miner when he enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters in 1907.
20 Sep 1914
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2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Leonard enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters on 18 November 1907 and in 1911 was serving with the 2nd Battalion based at Crownhill Barracks at Crownhill, RSO, Devon. He served with the BEF and disembarked in France on 8 September 1914. He was killed in action less than two weeks later and is buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension. He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 20 November 1914: 'Private L Mountford, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, 114 Park Lane, Old Basford, killed in action 20th September.' Leonard was a single man and his father, Thomas, was his sole legatee.
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