37698 Pte Leonard SHELLEY M.M. 2/4 York Lancaster Regiment
WOUNDED 26th July 1918
Leonard SHELLEY was born at Walkley, Sheffield in 1889. The son of John William and Elizabeth SHELLEY we first see him in the census record of 1891 living at 63 Commonside, Sheffield. In 1901 his family have moved to 57 Blakeney Road, Sheffield and in 1911 at 20 Lister Road, Sheffield.
On the 9th December 1915, aged 26, Leonard attested and joined the York and Lancaster Regiment. His given address at this time was 22 Hickmott Road, Sharrow.
Leonard married Mary Ann LUNN at St Barnabas Church, Sharrow on the 1st May 1916 and they had 2 children Vera and Mary.
He first entered France on the 21st January 1917 and it was here on the 26th July 1918, during the second battle of The Marne that he would suffer wounds from gas. The war diary tells us that the battalion had been involved in fighting since the 20th July and whilst moving to the attack on this day enemy shelling occurred at Pourcy causing several casualties. He was treated at a casualty clearing station before a spell at Rouen and Etaples.
It was for his bravery during this battle that he was awarded the Military Medal.
Interestingly on the 27th July 1917 he had been convicted of ‘FOULING THE GROUND WHILST ON A WORKING PARTY’ for this indiscretion he received 4 days FP No2.
In contrast to this he would be awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, this appeared in the London Gazette on the 11th December 1918.
He transferred to the reserves on the 26th September 1919.
Leonard was cremated at Sheffield on the 13th January 1969.