Died 12th April 1917
(courtesy East Kent Gazette)
Leonards widowed mother of 8 Faith Street Sittingbourne recieved the news of her sons death from his OC. Before the war Leonard worked in the paper mill before leaving his family to work in the mills of Toronto. In 1915 he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, he went to France in July 1916 and was attached to the machine gun section. On April the 12th he was coming out of his dugout when he was hit by a german shell and died instantly. Mrs Tantons older son Herbert John William Tanton also served in the buffs in Mesopotamia and was in hospital recovering from wounds at the time of his brothers death.
Leonard is buried at Bois-Carre British Cemetery Thulus France.