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Corporal Joseph Henry LEESON (known as Harry)

1st Berkshire Yeomanry 15111 Machine Gun Corps 165441
(Number in Absent Voters List is 14818)

Joseph Henry was born in Scaldwell, Northamptonshire in September 1898, the son of Joseph Leeson, a groom, and Martha, his wife. To distinguish him from his father, Joseph junior was known as Harry.  By1901 Joseph and Martha had moved to Spratton with their six children. Joseph and his eldest son, Francis, had obtained employment as grooms for Lord Erskine at Spratton Hall and the family were provided with one of the Hall’s small thatched cottages in Manor Road. Three of the Leeson brothers served in the First World War – John (killed in action in 1918), Harry and Thomas.

We know little about Harry’s service record, but he is unlikely to have joined up before 1916 when he was 18.  He served in Egypt with the 1st  Berkshire Yeomanry and was demobbed on 23 March 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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Where he lived in Spratton

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Thatched cottages in Manor Road, Spratton
Thatched cottages in Manor Road, Spratton
Thatched cottages in Manor Road, Spratton
Thatched cottages in Manor Road, Spratton

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ADNITT
ARCHER
ARTHUR
AUSTIN
BALDERSON
BALDWIN
BATTAMS
BILLING
BLAKESLEY
BLUNDELL
BOWERS
BRANSON
BROWN
BUCKBY
BUSWELL
CAPON
CATTELL
CLARKE
COOKE
COPSON
CRANE
DICKENS
DICKERSON
DUNKLEY
ELDRED
ELSDALE
ERSKINE
FOWLES
FRANKLIN
FRISBY
GAMMAGE
GIST
GOODEN
GOODWIN
GREEN
HAYTER
HIDER
HIGGS
HOBLEY
HODGE(S)
HODSON
HORNE
HUNT
JOHNSON
JUDD
KENCH
KNIGHT
KNIGHTALL
LEATHERLAND
LEESON
LEONARD
LETTS
LIVESEY
MAINS
MANNING
MANNINGHAM-BULLER
MARTIN
MASON
MIDDLETON (WYKES)
NORMAN
PAGE
PASSEY
PATEMAN
PAYNE
PHEASANT
POWELL
REEVE
RHODES-MOORHOUSE
RICHARDSON
SMITH
SNEDKER
SPEECHLEY
STEVENS
TARPLEY
TARRANT
TAYLOR
THORNTON
TIRRELL
TITE
TREDWELL
TURLAND
VINEY
VOKE
WADHAMS
WARD
WARWICKS
WHATTON
WOOD
WYKES
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