Project Description

LEONARD ALFRED RASBEARY 1893–1974

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Born 28th March 1893 at Colwick, Nottinghamshire

Married in 1922 to Annie Hopewell

Died 1974 Mansfield

1901 Census

Age 8 living at Royal Oak Yard, Radcliffe on Trent, with father John who was then employed as a railway platelayer, mother, Martha, brother George 11 and sister Minnie 9.

1911 Census

Age 18 living on Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent. Father now a brewery drayman. Leonard is employed as a butcher. Brother Robert 23 is a gardener, sister Minnie 19 is a tailoress, Harold 8 and Cyril 5 are at school.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: S4/042261

Military Unit: Army Service Corps

Theatres of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 22.3.15; Balkans, date of entry 10.11.15

Attestation papers dated 4.1.1915.

Height 5ft 2ins, chest 33ins, weight 108lbs. Considered fit and active although didn’t meet standard

He was living on Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent and employed as a butcher.

(His age of 19 years and 9 months on attestation indicates he was born in April 1895. But Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths confirms 1893. Demobilization document also gives 1893).

Jan 1915: passed test at Aldershot in butchers shop

22.3.15: Posted to France with Expeditionary Force 233rd Unit of Supply.

10.11.15: Posted to Mediterranean (Salonica) from Marseilles on until May 1919. Worked as a butcher and reclassified as clerk.

24.2.17: Given 14 days leave in UK. Did not return until 5.5.1917

A questionnaire was sent to Samuel Parr, Radcliffe on Trent butcher and his previous employer, regarding character and skills. One of the questions put to Mr Parr was “can he slaughter a bullock?”. 

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: 121 Victoria Street, Mansfield, Notts.

Occupation: recorded as ‘butcher buyer killer shopman’

Household: living with wife Ann, born 24th June 1893

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and worked in Radcliffe on Trent prior to marriage.