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Leslie Duckworth was born on 29th November 1890 , the son of William and Emily (nee Blackburn) Duckworth in Urmston, Lancashire. He was the eldest of eight children. His father William was a manufacturing chemist and founder of Duckworth & Co, (Essences) in Manchester.  They lived at Ribby Hall.

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The Duckworth family owned Ribby Hall up until 1941

Leslie Joined the 4th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in 1914 and according to the London Gazette was became a 2nd Lieutenant in August 1914.

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Captain Leslie Duckworth

As a Lieutenant Leslie embarked for France in the early morning of the 4th of May 1915 from Folkestone on-board the SS Onward, landing in Boulogne at 03:00 that morning. He was one of 31 officers in the battalion who commanded 1003 non-commissioned officers and men.

In June 1915 Lieutenant Duckworth had to take over as Battalion Adjutant replacing Captain Norman who had been wounded.

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Officers of the 4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancs. Capt Duckworth is stood in the rear rank on the right

After a time in hospital Captain Duckworth rejoined the battalion on 25th of July, but in September 1917 he left to become second-in-command of the 1/8th The King’s Liverpool Regiment where he was promoted to Major.

Major Duckworth was awarded the British, Victory and 1915 Star and was also mentioned in Dispatches .

After the war Leslie can be found traveling around the world as a chemist, the destinations include Bermuda, Burma, New Zealand and South Africa. His home address is shown as Ribby Hall, Kirkham, on the available passenger lists.

On the 26 September 1936 Leslie and his wife Eveline Francis, set sail on the “SS Orontes” bound for Sydney Australia, in the process of emigrating to New Zealand to become a farmer and live in Marton, North Island.

Both Leslie and Eveline are shown on the 1938 electoral register as living in Tutaenui Marton, he is a farmer.

Leslie died on 15th December 1942, aged 52, the probate record shows his address Ribby Marston, New Zealand.

Eveline can be found in electoral registers living in Marton as a widow up to 1981.

Research completed by Phil Child

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