Born: 1918, Ipswich.

Died: 17th November 1945; age: 27; of Rheumatic Carditis & Acute Rheumatism at Wharncliffe Emergency Hospital, Wadsley, Bradfield, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.

Residence: 57, Clifford Road, Ipswich.


Repatriated Prisoner of  War – number 250228 – at Stalag IV-F, Hartmannsdorf, Saxony, Germany.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 953063.

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 67 Medium Regiment.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Father: Charles Ernest Finbow, born May 1877, Cotton, Suffolk – died August 1944. A Painter & Decorator.

Mother: Annie Elizabeth Finbow (nee Saunders), born 1879, Ipswich.

Finbow family home – 13, Cromer Road, Ipswich.


In 1941, Ipswich, Leonard married Kathleen Ruth Pledger, born February 1916, Ipswich, of 57, Clifford Road, Ipswich. A Shop Assistant – Drapery.


Probate to Kathleen Ruth Finbow – widow.


67th Medium Regiment served under command of IV Corps Artillery in the autumn of 1940. It was sent to North Africa in October 1941 as part of the Crusader convoys. It served under 8th Army in the campaigns in the Western Desert from November 1941 until June 1942. It supported the South African attack on Bardia in December 1941. The regiment added (Suffolk) to its name on 17 February 1942. It was captured at Tobruk on 20 June 1942. Due to casualties the regiment was reduced to a cadre on 7 September 1942.
The regiment was reformed at Hunstanton, Norfolk on 7 February 1943 from 167th Field Regiment. It joined 3rd Army Group RA on its formation on 11 February 1943 at 49 Trant Road, Tunbridge Wells. It served in Northwest Europe with this formation from June 1944 until the end of the war.

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