Leonard Rogers lived at Home Farm in High Street and was the son of Albert and Alice Rogers. Albert was a carpenter who later became a farmer. Leonard was an agricultural worker and was therefore exempt from compulsory military service. However he still signed up.
Leonard was killed in action on 30th November 1917 aged 19 during the Battle of Cambrai. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval in France. He was a Private with the Royal Fusiliers.
From the Church Magazine, January 1918:
We sympathise deeply with Mr. Rogers and his family in the loss at the early age of 19 of Leonard Rogers, who had nobly declined to appeal for exemption the ground that single men could better be spared than the married with families. He had only been a few days in the trenches when His Heavenly Father called him “out of the miseries of this world”.
Chrishall at War
The story of Chrishall through World War I told using local sources such as the church newsletters. Details of those who served and returned and those who were lost to the village.
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