Other names: Percy Leonard
Locations in this story: Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireTisbury, WiltshireMere, WiltshireGallipoli, TurkeySalonika, Greece
Story: Percy Leonard Hare (aka Leonard Hare) was born at Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 5th September 1893 and baptised there on 31st December 1893, the son of John Hare and Elizabeth Hare (née Trowbridge). The family lived at Birdbush, Ludwell. Leonard enlisted on 5th September 1914 and joined the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12788). He was swiftly transferred to the 6th (Reserve) Battalion of the Leinster Regiment (Service No. 6/1252). He served in Salonika and Gallipoli where, on 5th August 1915, he was wounded and hospitalized. After convalescence he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 48519) and joined the 67th Company. He was finally demobilized on 2nd April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Rose King in 1920 at Tisbury, Wiltshire, and they had one child. By the 1939 Register Leonard was living at Leigh Court, Sans Lane, Tisbury, Wiltshire and described as a Painter (Buildings) as well as acting as an ARP Warden. His death was registered in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1946.