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VERNON, MC

Leonard Patrick

Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action at Infantry Hill, Somme 18th June 1917. Son of Captain William H. Vernon, of 26, Brighton Grove, Rusholme. Born 23rd September 1894 in Wrexham. Baptised 1894 in Wrexham. Educated at Dr Williams' Foundation/Victoria British School, Wrexham, admitted 16th April 1901, son of Elizabeth Vernon, resident Wrexham Barracks; Grove Park County / Grammar School, Wrexham, admitted 10th September 1907, a day scholar, son of William Henry Vernon, resident 9, Derby Road, Wrexham, left 28th July 1910. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Banking; Officer Training Corps, January 1913 to September 1914. Bank Clerk, National Provincial Bank of England. Enlisted 3rd September 1914; 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 14th August 1915. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Wrexham, Denbighshire, resident Wrexham, Wrexham Regis, Denbighshire, Wales. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Wrexham, Denbighshire, a Bank Clerk, son of William and Elizabeth Vernon, resident 7 Fenton Street, Rochdale, Lancashire. Buried in FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G, Grave 15.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Five, page 165:

VERNON, LEONARD PATRICK, M.C., Lieut., 10th (Service) Battn. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, s. of the late Capt. William Henry Vernon, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, by his wife, Elizabeth (Northfield, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester), dau. of P. Sweeney; b. Wrexham, co. Denbigh, 23 Sept. 1894; educ. Grove Park School there; was a Bank Clerk; joined the Manchester University O.T.C. In 1913; volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war; enlisted in the 20th Battn. (Public Schools) The Royal Fusiliers in Sept. 1914; obtained a commission, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 14 Aug. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force In France and Flanders from March, 1910, taking part in the operations on the Somme during Aug. of that year, and was killed in action at Monchy-le-Preux, south-east of Arras, 18 June, 1917, while in command of an advanced position. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery. His Officer Commanding wrote : "I cannot tell you what a loss his death is to the regiment. One of the oldest members of the battalion, he had been in every fight, and had never failed to cover himself with distinction. He was, I think, the coolest man under lire I have ever met." He was awarded the M.C., for conspicuous gallantry in the field during the operations on the Somme in Aug. 1916; unm.

VICKERS, MC, DFC

Stephen Wynne

Captain, 20th Squadron, Royal Air Force and Cheshire Regiment. Died at Lincoln from influenza 18th February 1919. Aged 23. Son of Joseph Vickers, of Ivy Nook, Bramhall Moor Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport. Born 1895 in Leeds. Educated at Stockport Grammar School. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Arts; Officer Training Corps, 17th August 1914 to 17th September 1914. Gazetted September 1914. Awarded the Miliitary Cross (M.C.) and the Distinguished Flying cross (D.F.C.). Previously wounded (as Lieutenant) with general shrapnel wounds to the neck, admitted 8th May 1916 to Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital at Millbank, discharged 2nd June 1916. Buried 22nd February 1919 in NORBURY (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Cheshire. Grave reference A. D. 13 by D.

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