Private Leonard Charles Sparrey (241543)

1st Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, 24th Brigade, 8th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St Matthias Malvern Link,

Burial/Commemoration: Soissons Memorial

Nature of Death: Killed in action France 6/6/1918

Age: 45

Next of Kin: Son of George and Harriete Sparrey of 1 Valley Cottages, Albion Road, Lower Newtown; husband of Elsie Sparrey of 1 Balfour Terrace, Quest Hills, Malvern Link.

Education: Cowleigh Mixed School

Leonard Sparrey, born in Malvern, enlisted under the Derby Scheme at the end of 1915 and was drafted into the 1/8th Worcestershire Regiment. Regimental sources record that he was wounded on the 5th August 1916 and transferred – but on this date nearly all of the unit had been incapacitated by gas, and were recuperating. Those that had not suffered gas poisoning were attached to the 1/7th Worcesters. However on the 23rd September the Malvern News reported that he had been wounded whilst attached to the Lincolnshire Regiment. Several men of the 1/8th went on to serve with the 10th Lincolns, so it is likely Sparrey was attached to this unit. However, when and for how long is not known – for on his recovery he was sent as a draft to the 1st Worcestershire Regiment.

He was posted missing during the last German Offensive of 1918 around Ville-en-Tardenois on the Aisne. The Malvern News reported him missing on the 3rd August 1918.

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