Lance Corporal
James Leonard Liggins


About James Leonard

  • Name
    James Leonard
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    27 April 1890
  • Birth town
    Finedon Northamptonshire
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    December 1961
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Lance Corporal
  • Regiment
    Northamptonshire Regiment


James Leonard was born on 27 April 1890 at Finedon, Northants.  He was the second eldest of nine children to parents James and Emma (nee Mitchell) Liggins.

The 1901 Census lists the family living at Well Street, Finedon.  The 1911 Census lists James and his brother Albert living with their grandmother Elizabeth Mitchell, aged 81.  His occupation is given as a bootmaker.  On both censuses his name was listed as Leonard.

James served in the 4th Northamptonshire Regiment (Territorial Force) from 13 January 1911 until 12 January 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in November 1915.  He re-enlisted for a further four years from 13 January 1916 and transferred to the Durham Light Infantry on 1 Sept 1916, when he reverted to the rank of Private.

He was wounded twice whilst serving in France; a shrapnel wound to his face on 30 October 1917 and a gunshot wound to his right buttock in 1918. He was discharged on 21 March 1919, and was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals.

James married Ada Elizabeth Rose at Wellingborough in 1915, and they lived at 14 West Street, Rushden, Northants.  They had two sons Leonard born in 1916, and John born in 1922.

In 1939, James and Ada were living at 4 Spencer Road, Irthlingborough with their two sons.  Both James and Leonard were working in the boot and shoe trade; James as a clicker and Leonard as a laster.

James Leonard died in December 1961, aged 71 in Northampton.

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