Other names: Victor Leonard
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetDorchester, DorsetBournemouth, HampshireNewton Abbot, Devon
Story: Victor Leopold Jeans was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26 Apr 1887 the son of John Jeans and Emily Jeans (nee Hopkins). He lived his early life at Ponsonby Farm, Cann, and received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, until he had moved and boarded out in Dorchester, Dorset, working as a Bank Clerk. He enlisted on 27 May 1915 and joined the 4th Company of the Royal Engineers as a Corporal (Service No. 363858). Shortly after joining he was wounded and spent time in the National Sanatorium, Bournemouth, Hampshire. He was declared physically unfit to continue with military service and was discharged on 22 Nov 1915 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. 200510. He married Angel Wray Dancer in Newton Abbot, Devon, on 1 Jun 1922. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 21 Grosvenor Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, described as 'of private means'. His wife died in 1954 and he went on to remarry Ella Marjorie Pilkington Plunkett in Bournemouth in 1957. Victor died on 22 Jan 1960 in Bournemouth. His brother, John Percival Jeans, also served with the Royal Air Force.