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36704   Sapper James Joseph Leonard
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/07/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 157th Field Company, Royal Engineers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 23/09/1884
Died: 12/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 34
James Joseph Leonard was a son of James and Sarah Ann Leonard, nee Quinn. He was born on 23rd September 1884 in Brackaville, Coalisland. He was one of at least nine children. His father was a brick layer and a stone mason. James enlisted in Tuam, County Galway, where he was working. Sapper James Joseph Leonard was serving with the 157th Field Company of the Royal Engineers when he died at the Heute DeŻle Canal in France on 12th October 1918. Sapper Leonard was killed at a pontoon bridge.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cambrin Military Cemetery
  Cambrin, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave Q-8
CWGC Casualty 33722
Cambrin is a village about 24 kilometres north of Arras and 8 kilometres east of Bethune on the road to La Bassee. The Cemetery is on the north side of the road and is approached by a path from the main road.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Leonard family Lists James Joe as age 15 living with the family at house 24 in Brackaville, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Leonard family Does not list James as living with the family at house 58 in Brackaville, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
3 CWGC Sapper Henry Dunnington - killed in same incident
4 Epitaphs of the Great War Details of Sapper James Leonard
5 Photo of Sapper James Leonard's headstone
6 Internet Poems 'Nationality' by Thomas Osborne Davis
7 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Sapper James Leonard
8 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here - 36714
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sapper James Leonard's headstone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023