William Henry Lenton was killed on 19th July 1916 aged 36. His rank is given as lance Corporal though the medal Roll at the TNA has him as a Private. He served in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Service number 2270
CWGC entry records that he is buried at the Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, at Fleurbaix, reference I.K.83.This cemetery adjoined a dressing station, so he probably died of wounds.
He was a son of Thomas and Margaret (nee Banks) Lenton who lived at 72 Wood Street, Rugby and were married in the March quarter of 1875 in Rugby. There were 12 children of this marriage. William was the second son born in the second quarter of 1880 in Rugby. He was baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 16th September 1881.
For many years lived at 810 Old Station before moving to 72 Wood Street.
William’s father, Thomas, is listed as a labourer followed by a chimney sweep and an oil dealer. He was also listed as a musician and brass player in the 1901 census for 53 Wood Street and also in the Rugby Almanacs.
When he was about 33, William had the job of Steward at the Exchange Working Men’s Club at 93 Bath Street.
In the medal roll William was awarded the 14/15 star, Victory medal and the War medal, but the address where they were sent is not recorded.
Thomas Lenton died in the June quarter of 1914 in Rugby aged 65. Margaret Lenton died in the March quarter 1911 in Rugby aged 59.
The inscription on his CWGC gravestone reads “THY WILL BE DONE” from next of kin, Mr T S Lenton, 10 Wood Street, Rugby.
An “In Memoriam” in the 1921 Rugby Advertiser reads “In Loving memory of our dear brother William Lenton, who died in France 19th July 1916. Ever remembered by Erne and Ethel of 64 Wood Street”
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM
Note: Other members of the family also served. The youngest Horace Lesel Lenton (Leslie on census) enlisted 3 Sep 1914, discharged 18 Sep 1914 as unsuitable. Born in 1896, he was probably too young to serve. His service number was 12279.
Private Frederick Lorrine Lenton was wounded and held as a prisoner of war.
Like William Henry, both these men served with the Oxford & Bucks L. I. and they both worked at BTH, Frederick in the assembly department.