Born: 1906, Ipswich.

Died: 29th April 1940; age: 34; Suicide by shooting himself in the head with a Service Rifle – being of unsound mind, at Blandford Camp, Tarrant Monkton, Dorset.

No Post Mortem. Inquest held 1st May 1940.

Residence: 60, Reynolds Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 5821659.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest & Mabel Lindsey, of 59, Beck Street, Ipswich; husband of Barbara Beatrice Lindsey, of Ipswich.




1911   59, Beck Street, Ipswich.


Leonard was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Ernest Charles R. Lindsey, 41, a Tailor – Presser – Clothing Manufacturer, Ipswich.

Mabel Harriet Lindsey (nee Hayward), 31, born Ipswich.

William Frederick R. Lindsey, 10, born Ipswich.

Ernest Frank Lindsey, 7, born Ipswich.

Winifred Mabel Lindsey, 6, born Ipswich.


Leonard’s father, Ernest Charles R. Lindsey, died 1922, Ipswich.


In 1933, Ipswich, Leonard married Barbara Beatrice Nice, born April 1910, Ipswich.

They had 4 daughters:

Jeanne B. Lindsey, born August 1931, Ipswich.

Vivien Lindsey, born 1934, Ipswich.

Yvonne Lindsey, born 1937, Ipswich.

Leonie M. Lindsey, born 1940, Ipswich.



Leonard’s wife, Barbara and their children were living at the family home – 60, Reynolds Road, Ipswich.

Barbara, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Jeanne, at School.




Evening Star – 2nd May 1940


“Inclined to Worry Over His Work”


Worry over his duties was suggested as the cause which led Corpl. Leonard Lindsey (34), whose home address was 60, Reynolds Road, Ipswich, to commit suicide.

At the inquest, held Wednesday at Blandford, Dorset, by the Coroner (Mr. W.H. Creech), it was stated that Corpl. Lindsey was married with three children.

An officer said that Lindsey was inclined to worry over his work. He was due to report to another company for temporary duty, and told witness that he was afraid he was not up to

his work.

In the early hours of Monday morning, Pte. Edwin Howton heard the report of a rifle, and at 8.30 a.m. Corpl. Wm. Platt found Lindsey lying dead about 60 yards from his sleeping place with a Service rifle by his side. He was dressed only in his shirt, trousers and socks. He had a wound in his right temple. Death, due to injuries to the brain, had occurred at least six hours previously.

Thos. Lindsey, a brother, said the deceased had a nervous breakdown about 12 years before, and went into a mental home for observation.

Returning a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane, the Coroner expressed sympathy with the widow.



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