Project Description

GEORGE LEONARD LEESON 1887–1943

George Leeson
Photograph from Ancestry Public Member Trees

Born 7th January 1887, Radcliffe on Trent

Died 1943, age 56

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted 28 April (no year given). Address Knight’s Hill

1891 Census

Age 4 living in Radcliffe on Trent with father James, a tailor, and mother Elizabeth

1901 Census

Age 14 living on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent with father James, rural postman, step-mother Harriet and sister Dora age 3.

He is employed as an office boy. His mother Elizabeth had died in 1894 and his father had married again.

1911 Census

Unable to find him in 1911

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 23427

Military Unit: 15th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 105th Brigade, 35th Division,

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 14.3.16.

Enlisted: 24.2.1915

Occupation: Bill Poster

Overseas from 14.3.16–5.1.17.

28.11.17: Discharged, no longer physically fit for war service

Further Attestation: 16.7.19, Nottingham, age 24 (so possibly lied about his age), no. 205182, Royal Army Medical Corps, Aldershot Depot.

Height 5ft ½ins, chest 35½ins. Next of kin: father James and mother Harriet, Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe

18.7.19: Posted to Depot

16.7.19–15.8.19: Home

16.8.19–12.10.19: Russia

13.10.19–1.3.20: Home

Illness

20.11.19: Transferred from O.C 2nd Scottish General Hospital (Craigleith) to Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington

23.2.20: Notice that he is about to be brought before an Invaliding board with a view to discharge from the Service. He was serving in 159 Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps

1.3.20: Discharged, no longer physically fit for war service. Mental instability degree of disablement 30%. Awarded a weekly pension of 8/3d for 10 weeks (Final). Disablement non-attributable to war service. Age 25, single.

NB A Statement of Services document states that his character is ‘Good’ and that he has an incapacity of 60% due to mental instability and that his name has been put forward for issue of a second King’s Certificate

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory, Silver War Badge no. 304385
Awarded King’s Certificate no. 9735 12 Aug 1920. Aggravated by service in Russian Theatre

Other Information

George may have been a patient in Notts County Asylum after his discharge from service. The hospital records report that in 1921 George Leeson, age 34, a service patient, was discharged, ‘relieved’.

From the 1939 Register

Address: Ministry of Pensions hospital in Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Occupation: previously fitters mate. Now a patient at the hospital

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.