Born: 1885, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

Died: 21st March 1917; age 34; Died of Wounds.

Enlistment Location: Chelmsford, Essex.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 20883

Regiment: Shropshire Light Infantry, 5th Battalion.

Formerly 35143, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Avesnes-Le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension.

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry Orman & Ellen Rivers, of 135, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.





1891   Church Green, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.


Leonard was 6 years old and living with his aunt & uncle.

Benjamin King, 61, a Butcher, born Chelmondistion.

Susanna King, 60, born Chelmondiston.

2 general domestic servants.


1901   4, Church Lane, Walton, Suffolk.


Leonard was 15 years old, a Butcher. He was a boarder at the home of 47 year old, widow, Mary Giles, a Laundress – own account – at home.


1911   35a, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex.


Leonard was 26 years old, a Butcher – Journeyman. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mabel, 25.

1 boarder.


Father: Robert Henry Orman Rivers, born 1856, Shotley, Suffolk – died October 1910, Ipswich.

Mother: Ellen Rivers (nee Tovell), born 1863, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.


On the 31st May 1909, at St. John the Evanelist, Moulsham, Essex, 24 year old Leonard married 22 year old Mabel Lydia Pitt, born February 1886, Chelmsford, Essex, daughter of George Brett Pitt, a Stone Mason.


Probate to Mabel Lydia Rivers – widow.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mabel Lydia Golden – widow.


Leonard is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.

Shropshire Light Infantry, 5th Battalion


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