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Leonard was born in Bolton in 1890. The eldest child of James Vose and Mary (nee Garforth), he had a younger sister named Louie (born c1892), and a brother James Herbert (born c1894).

At a year old, in 1891, Leonard was found at 12 Maybank Street, Bolton. His father James was working in the local iron works.

Ten years later, in the 1901 Census, Leonard now aged 11, was living at 107 High Street, Bolton with his parents and younger siblings. His father James was now an insurance superintendant.

Ten years later again, in 1911 the family was found at 44 Gilnow Road, Bolton. His father was still an insurance superintendant, and Leonard, now aged 21, was working as a clerk in a provision office. His brother, James Herbert was a butcher.

On 08 December 1915 Leonard enlisted for service with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was posted into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion and given the service number 39515.

On 22 April 1916 Leonard married Edith Gower at St. Saviours church in Bolton. They now lived together at 27 Glen Avenue, Wigan Road, Bolton.

Leonard remained in the UK in the reserves until 16 July 1917 when he was finally mobilised. He embarked at Devonport on 09 October 1917 bound for India, disembarking in Bombay on 04 December 1917. Three days later, on the 7th December he joined the 4th Training Battalion in Bangalore. Leonard was employed as a ‘Confidential Clerk’.

Having spent twelve months in Bangalore, on 09 December 1918 Leonard embarked for Salonika, arriving there on 28 December 1918, here he joined the IBD and was attached to the 1st York & Lancs Regt. Leonard was still with them when they moved to Dardenelles in February 1919.

On 19 April 1919, he was compulsory and permanently transferred to the 9th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment (83rd Infantry Brigade) and given the service number 52225.

On 14 December 1919 he was transferred back to the reserve, class Z.

Leonard was awarded the British War Medal (sole entitlement) for his war service, this he received by post on 20 May 1922.

On 05 March 1961 Leonard Vose, of 17 Glade Street, Bolton died at the Royal Infirmary, Bolton. His probate went to his widow Edith Vose and amounted to £1638 2s 1d.

Leonard Voses’ British War Medal was recently sold by an established UK dealer (around June 2012) – unfortunately for me I just missed out on it!

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