Cambridge Gas Company Memorial
Cambridge Gas Company Memorial

Leonard Bevan (1896–1917) was Private (53179) 61st Company, the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly Private (3472), Suffolk Yeomanry (Territorial Force). He died on 16 August 1917, and his death is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial, in the area of West Vlaanderen, Belgium. In addition, he is commemorated on the Cambridge Gas Company’s war memorial on Newmarket Road and the war memorial at St Luke’s Cambridge where his older brother, is also commemorated.

Leonard was born in 1896 in Cambridge. He was the ninth of the ten children of Philip Blackmore Bevan and Susan Bevan (née Barton**). Leonard grew up at Priory Street and 23 Victoria Road, Cambridge. He attended Milton Road Council School, which had opened on 20 July 1908. He became Head Boy in 1910 and participated that year in the school’s first Prize Giving both in singing at it and in receiving the H G Whibley prize for woodwork. After leaving school Leonard became a gas fitter for the Cambridge Gas Company and played for the company’s cricket XI. He also played for the Old Choristers football team along with Herbert William Benstead, William Charles Sidney Horspool, and Albert Scales.

After the outbreak of war Leonard enlisted at Ely, Cambridgeshire. He initially joined the Suffolk Yeomanry as a Private before being absorbed into the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) again as a Private. Leonard was killed in action on 16 August 1917 in Belgium. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. His older brother, Sidney Bevan, also killed in the war, is commemorated on this grave.

(** Cousins!! — Susan Bevan (née Barton) was the sister of Sarah Elizabeth Curzon (née Barton). Sarah was the mother of Arthur William Harry Curzon and Frederick Barton Curzon, who were also killed in the First World War. Thus the Bevan brothers and the Curzon brothers were cousins.)

Bevan grave
Bevan monument

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.202715, 0.13651052 – click here for location

Parish: St Andrew the Great

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
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http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeGasCompany.html
Census returns for England: 1891, 1901, 1911
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By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Leonard Bevan