Regiment : 70th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery
Service number : 81517
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 25th April 1918 aged 21
Buried : Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium, Grave VI. B. 26.
Relatives : Third son of the late Charles and Florence C. Twigg, of Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore C of E School now in Pershore Working Men's Club.
Credits : Evesham Journal researched and transcribed by Carol Welding.
Enlisted in 1916.
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Artillery.
Head Street. 70 C.C. battery R.F.A. Went out May 16th 1916. Died 25th April 1918.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following report appears in the Evesham Journal, 11th May 1918:
PERSHORE SOLDIER’S DEATH.
There is a deep feeling of regret throughout Pershore at the death of Gunner Leonard Twigg, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, the second of the two handsome lads of Mr. Chas. Twigg of Head-street, who has fallen in the war. The eldest son, Charles, of the Worcesters, died from wounds received in action two years ago. From the letters received by Mr. Twigg, from the Major of the battery, Lieut. J.E. Stone, Battery Sergt.-Major R.L. Stone, and numerous comrades of the rank and file, it appears that Leonard was regarded as a very smart soldier, in life popular with all, in death mourned by all. He was a signaller, and was out with other telephonists, including Lieut. Stone, on a reconnoitring expedition, when he was struck in the left side by a shell splinter and died instantaneously. Before joining up two years ago deceased worked at Pershore Post Office. Like his late brother Charles, deceased was a good sportsman, and was an idol in local football circles. It is a most painful bereavement for the father and sisters (the mother died two years ago) and great sympathy is felt for them.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: