Leonard, James Elphick; 1896-1983; soldier; Chertsey, Surrey, Ottershaw, Surrey, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Lowestoft, Suffolk, Saxlingham Nethergate and Newton Flotman, Norfolk

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Leonard, James Elphick; 1896-1983; soldier; Chertsey, Surrey, Ottershaw, Surrey, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Lowestoft, Suffolk, Saxlingham Nethergate and Newton Flotman, Norfolk

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1896-1983

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Soldier with the regular army, and carpenter. Born to father, Thomas and mother, Emily, in Chertsey, Surrey on 21 October 1896, Elphick attended the local school in the nearby village of Ottershaw and learnt the trade of a carpenter. He joined up in 1915 to serve with the Royal West Kent Regiment as a reservist, and after the war, transferred to the regular army and joined the East Surrey Regiment. He served overseas in Egypt (1920-1923), Hongkong (1923-1926) and India/Pakistan (1926-1932) and achieved the rank of Pioneer Sergeant. After discharge in 1932, he was employed as a carpenter on the Henham Estate in Suffolk, where he met and married Phyllis Baxter in 1937. A son, Peter, was born in April 1939 in Kessingland. At the time, Leonard was working at a small shipyard in Lowestoft. In 1940, the family moved to Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk, where his wife's sister lived. Later, they moved to Newton Flotman. Leonard Elphick died on 14 January 1983. Pioneer Sergeant, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment (regular army).

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Chertsey, Surrey; Ottershaw, Surrey; Egypt; India; Pakistan; Lowestoft, Suffolk; Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk; Newton Flotman, Norfolk

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Created on: 14/08/2008 by Drott

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