LEONARD GEORGE DOCKER
Private 13106 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards
Killed in action 7 July 1915, buried Cambrin, Pas de Calais, France
Leonard was the youngest son of Oliver Atkins Docker and his wife Martha nee Freer, who were married at Rugby St Andrew on 8 Jun 1881 when both were of Dale Street, Oliver being a railway fireman. Leonard was born 7 Jul 1896 and baptised at St Andrew 11 October 1896, his father was still a fireman, living at 144 Oxford Street. He had four older brothers, Ernest Frederick b 1882, William John b 1883, Arthur Oliver b 1887 and Albert Edward b 1889. All the children were baptised at St Andrew.
In 1901 Leonard was aged 4, living with his parents and three brothers (William had died as an infant) at 50 Oxford Street. His father by now was an engine driver, born at Exhall on the outskirts of Coventry. In 1911 the family was living at 155 Grosvenor Road, Oliver was employed by the LNWR, still as an engine driver. Only Albert and Leonard, then aged 14 and a winder at an electrical works, were still living at home.
His obituary in the Rugby Advertiser of 17 July notes that Leonard attended Murray School, and had sailed for Canada at the end of March 1913 on the SS Dominion, stating he intended to take up farming, and settled at Brissevain in Manitoba. On the outbreak of war, as he was too late to join the Canadian Contingent, he immediately came back to England aboard the SS New York, arriving at Liverpool on 8 October 1914, and enlisted straight away at Birmingham. He arrived in France on 27 Apr 1915, went to the Front in early May and was killed by a shell on his nineteenth birthday in July (de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1919).
Four other members of his regiment were killed with him and his parents were informed that all five were buried at the time in the same grave. Indeed, four other men from the same Battalion are buried at Cambrin, although dates of death given by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are between 6th and 10th July.
Leonard was granted the three medals, Victory, British War and 1915 Star.
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