Private Leonard Yeomans

Private Leonard Yeomans, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards. He was killed in action in France, aged 27, on the 25th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Wolverhampton and was the son of George and Ann Yeomans of Wolverhampton. In 1911 he had been working as a gardener on the Drumpellier Estate, Coatbridge and was working in the Selkirk area when he enlisted in December 1915. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted Out”. He fell in the capture of Lesboeufs by the Guards Division where casualties were around 2,000 in killed and wounded. Unfortunately with the German’s fleeing in disorder this great success was not exploited. The photos show troops on the Somme and the colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today ” with no gas, no barged wire, no guns firing now”.

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