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Name Leonard John Poplett
Date/Place of Birth 12 Nov 1898 / Barton, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon
Parents' Names John George Poplett; Louisa (nee Clack)
Father's Occupation/Location Domestic Servant (Gardner); Torquay
Father's Death/Incapacity Father deserted family
Admitted to AO 3 Jan 1907 (Aged 8)
Admission No 5892
Left OWS&AO 22 Dec 1913 (Aged 15)
Occupation/Residence Holloway, London
Enlistment Location St Paul's Churchyard, London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 555058
Battalion/Regiment 1st/16th County of London Battalion, London Regt
Killed/Death 30 Dec 1917 (Aged 19)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Egypt; Chatby Memorial
Memorial Reference Not Identified
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Leonard John was born to John and Louisa Poplett on 12 November 1898 at St. Marychurch, Torquay. Leonard was admitted to the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage in January 1907, aged eight. He left the School in December 1913 at age 15. Leonard will have been enlisted into the Army in late 1916, after his eighteenth birthday, or early in 1917. He joined 1st/16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment. Rifleman Poplett died when the troopship H.T. Aragon was torpedoed outside the port of Alexandria, in Egypt, and sank with the loss of 380 officers and men; a month after his nineteenth birthday. Rifleman Poplett’s death is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, situated within the Chatby War Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The Memorial commemorates about 1,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the War and have no other grave but the sea. At the time of Rifleman Poplett’s death his mother was living at 3 Terry House, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
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