Other names: Percy Leonard
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireTisbury, WiltshireMere, WiltshireGallipoli, TurkeySalonika
Story: Percy Leonard Hare (aka Leonard Hare) was born at Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 5 Sep 1893 and baptised there on 31 Dec 1893 the son of John Hare and Elizabeth Hare (nee Trowbridge). The family lived at Birdbush, Ludwell. Leonard enlisted on 5 Sep 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 5 Aug 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 2 Apr 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.