BURROWS Leonard Clifford
Regiment : No. 5 Depot Company Machine Gun Corps. Formerly 15424, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Service number : 10415
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 13th April 1916
Buried : Etaples Military Cemetery, France, Grave V. A. 17.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Oldswinford St Mary's Church with the additional information: Pte. R. War. Oldswinford C of E School.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Birth registration researched by Sandra Taylor.
The birth of Leonard Clifford Burrows is registered in the March Quarter 1892 under the Stourbridge Registration District.
Leonard Burrows was the son of Jane Burrows and lived at Greenfield Terrace, Hagley Road, Oldswinford. He attended Oldswinford Church of England School and was a member of St. Mary’s Choir. When war came, he volunteered and joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The battalion is not known, but it was possibly the 1/8th (Aston Battalion) which recruited in Stourbridge. This battalion went to France in early 1915 and was involved in the battle of Loos in September of that year. It is likely that he became a specialist machine gunner in the course of the 1915 campaign and was transferred to the newly formed Machine Gun Corps. He was attached to No.5 Depot. At some point early in 1916 he developed a sickness and was sent to Etaples military hospital near Boulogne where he died of spinal fever. Private Leonard Burrows is also commemorated on the New Road Methodist church memorial.