A Goodbye Mr Chips moment

From the Early Warrants list we have uncovered a Cambridge University student who died in the Great War but was not entered on the University War List. The Cambridge University War List is a list of any who had attended Cambridge University and fought in the war.

A pilot who received one of the first 600 pilots licences in the UK in August 1913 and elected as a member of the Royal Aero Club in July 1914; Leonard died in training in October 1914. He was belatedly added to St Catherine’s Roll of Honour. His name will be forwarded to the Gilwell Roll of Honour.

See People/ Individuals/ Early Warrants/ Tales from Early Warrants

I am aware of the martial bias in these tales, but perhaps that is inevitable given the date. Many have defied ready tracing beyond the gazette entries of promotion. Their later lives often move gently into still waters. Those in the military, church and university are generally easier to find and this is reflected in the growing notes attached to the list.


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