Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Leonard Percival Reynolds, 1st/4th Battalion, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres.
One of nine children of a soldier with the Royal Army Medical Corps, by the age of fourteen he was working as a bookbinder’s errand boy. By the time of his enlistment with the regiment, his father had left the army, moved his family to Oxford, and was working as a house painter and boot repairer.
On the day of his death, Private Leonard’s battalion was holding the trenches at Kitchener’s Wood, to the west of St. Julien. He was killed during a heavy artillery bombardment by the enemy. Private Reynolds lies buried in the Artillery Wood Cemetery at Boezinge in Belgium – on his headstone are the words his mother chose: “Though gone from sight to memory ever dear”.
Leonard, born in York, was 20 years old.