Private Leonard Pellett

Regiment:  Bedfordshire, 8th Battalion, 6th Division (formerly with Suffolks)
Service No: 33285 (formerly 19566)
Date & place of birth:
26 May 1882 (baptism), Petworth
Date & place of death: 20 November 1917, Western Front

Private Pellett was a family man with children and rather older than many recruits; he was probably conscripted later in the war when it was no longer only young single men who were called up.

Family background

Leonard Pellett was born in Petworth in 1882, the son of Albert and Elizabeth Pellett. Albert was a farmer, no doubt on the Leconfield estate farms, as the family lived at 1 Hampers Common in 1891 and at Limbo Farm in 1901 and 1911, both of them still Leconfield Estate properties. Leonard had two brothers, Albert and George, and three sisters Florence, Elizabeth and Harriet. In 1911 Leonard was a hairdresser “on his own account” and working from home in Church Hill, Pulborough. He married Rose and they had Leonard Charles in 1908 and Beatrice in 1910.

Military career

Private Pellett enlisted in Petworth and for some reason was initially with the Suffolks rather than the Royal Sussex, and later transferred to the Bedfordshire regiment. In 1917 they were involved in the Battle of Hill 70 and the Cambrai operations.

Death & commemoration

Private Leonard Pellett was killed in action on the Western Front on 20 November 1917, aged 35. He is buried in the Ribecourt British Cemetery.

 Subsequent family history

After the war, Leonard’s widow Rose was living in Rumbold’s Hill, Midhurst.

Midhurst U3A WW1 War Memorial Project