Leonard Bean

Leonard Bean 1889 – 1915

Leonard was born in the 3rd quarter of 1889, in Shepherdswell, to George and Jane (née Horne).

In both 1891 and 1901, the family was living in Moon Hill in the village, with George, originally a farm labourer, working as a wood cutter, thatcher and chimney sweep by 1901.

Leonard, aged 12, was already working on a farm and his mother had died two years previously, when he was only 10. In 1911, he was living with three of his siblings and his widowed father, at Lyttleton in the village, and was working as a milkman on a farm, possibly for Mr Masters at Long Lane.

Leonard joined the Royal Field Artillery as a gunner, with the service number 9154. He was serving in ‘A’ Battery in the 71st Brigade when he was killed in action on 11th October 1915.

He is remembered in the Fosse 7 Military Cemetery (Quality Street), Mazingarbe, in France.