Leslie Clifford House

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Guardsman

Service No:           22615

Unit:                     2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

Leslie was born In Kingswood Bristol in 1898.  His parents were Thomas John & Emily Kate House.  A toddler 1901 he was living with his parents at 7 Campbell Street, his father was a shoemaker finisher who was born in Bridport.  At the time of the 1911 census we find the family living at 38 Clouds Hill Avenue St. George Bristol.

Young Leslie enlisted into the 12th Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment (no 16493) in 1914, stating that he was 19 years old; he was in fact only 16 but must have lied about his age so that he could join up, not an uncommon action taken by brave youngsters clamouring to do their duty for King & Country.

Leslie was later to join the Coldstream Guards (1918) service number 22615. His memorial states he served in France for 18 months.

During 1918 the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards formed part of the 1st Guards Division that saw action in the major battles of 1918, its formations stated to return to the UK on 20th Feb 1919.

Leslie died in Purfleet Military Hospital Essex on 22nd February 1919, his body was returned to his home city of Bristol and buried at Avon View Cemetery, Grave reference DBB68. The grave has a family memorial not a CWGC marker, sadly this has fallen into disrepair.

 

Images by Doug Crew.

Leslie was awarded The British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.