|Pte Leonard Cottom|
6198 Pte. Leonard Cottom, 1/5 th Bn East Lancashire Regiment
Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1897, Leonard was a miner at Towneley Colliery before the war.
He enlisted into the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley on August 10 1914 and joined his battalion on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme in late July 1916.
Leonard took part in the Battles of the Somme, Arras and 3rd Ypres before being wounded in action and evacuated back to the UK where he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion and then, upon recovery, to the 1/5th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment.
In May 1918, he returned to the Western Front to join his new battalion but was reported as missing in action on 19 June 1918. Leonards remains were later recovered and he is buried in Euston Road Cemetery , Colincamps, Somme.
19 June 1918 killed in action
Research by David O'Mara.
Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association.
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England
WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls
Class: WO 329 The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England
First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95
The History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War- Maj.Gen Nicholson (ed) Pub. 1935
The Burnley Express 18 January 1919
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )
Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921 Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920