Able Seaman Leonard T. Furnival

Leonard Furnival
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Photo courtesy of Royston Williamson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Leonard Furnival Birth Registration Transcription

Leonard Thomas Furnival was born on 25th June 1896 in Broadwas, Worcestershire.

Leonard Furnival 1910 Dorking High School Register

On 2nd May 1910, Leonard was admitted into the Dorking High School for Boys. At the time of his enlistment his family lived at The School house in Coldharbour. Frederic was working as a schoolmaster.

Leonard Furnival 1910 Dorking High School Leaving Certificate

Leonard left the school on 25th July 1911. After leaving school, he worked as a clerk.

Leonard Furnival enlisted on 19th July 1915 into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was an Able Seaman. His service number was: Z.P./1178.

On 16th February 1916 Leonard was selected for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force as a Signaller. On 28th February 1916, he joined the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division. On 25th March 1918, he was rated Able Seaman Higher Grade. On 15th May 1918, he was shot in the right foot. On 26th July 1918, he re-joined the Hood Battalion.

Leonard Furnival Death Registration Transcription
Leonard Furnival Deaths at Sea Report

On the 8th of October 1918 Leonard Furnival was shot in the abdomen. He died of wounds on the 14th of October 1918 in the 22nd General Hospital Dannes Camiers, France.

Leonard’s brother, Harold, was killed on the 23rd March 1918 in France. Read his story and more about the Furnival family here.

Born Broadwas, Worcestershire
Lived Coldharbour, Surrey
Son of Frederick and Agnes Furnival of 64 Falkland Road, Dorking
Regiment Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division
Number Z/P/1178
Former Regiment Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death 14th October 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Died of Wounds
Age 22
Cemetery Etaples Military Cemetery, France


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