Fontmell Magna Church

Leo Bennett Reeves

Surname: Reeves
Other names: Leo Bennett
Other people in this story:
Walter William Reeves
Emily Reeves née Bennett
Frances Reeves née Harris
Cecil John Reeves
Maurice Vernon Reeves
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salonika, Greece
Weymouth, Dorset
Pimperne, Dorset
University Road, Southampton, Hampshire

Leo Bennett Reeves was born on 15th August 1893 in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 8th October 1893, the son of Walter William Reeves and Emily Reeves (née Bennett). He lived with his family during his early years in West Street, Fontmell Magna. By 1911 he had moved to Weymouth, Dorset, working as a baker.  At the outbreak of war his firm were making bread for the military.  He enlisted on 2 Nov 1915 and joined the 21st Field Bakery of the Army Service Corps (Service No. S4/145269).  He served in Salonika from 24 Dec 1916 and was eventually demobilized on 19th August 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Frances Harris in Pimperne, Dorset, on 25th August 1920 and they set up home in Pimperne where, by the 1921 Census, he was working as a Baker's Saleman.  No 1939 Register record can be found. In 1984 he was living at 141 University Road, Southampton, Hampshire, where he died on 14th Aug 1984 aged 91 years.

Leo's father and brother Maurice Vernon also served in the war and survived. Sadly brother Cecil John died in a military hospital in Suffolk on 9th May 1917, having also served as a baker with the Army Service Corps.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Cecil John Reeves
Walter William Reeves
Maurice Vernon Reeves