Leonard Alston

Leonard Alston was born in Bolton on 27 February 1911.

He was the son of William James and Harriet Alston of Witchford, Cambridgeshire, formerly of 19 Kendal Road, Bolton.

His father, William James Alston, had a well-known grocer's shop at 15 Victoria Square, Bolton during the 1920s and 30s, having worked his way up from grocer's assistant in the family business.

Leonard had two sisters, Bessie, and Agnes Maud.

His primary education was at Oxford Grove Council School and he attended Bolton Church Institute from 14 September 1922 until the school year 1928-9.

Before the War he lived at 8 The Grove, Radcliffe Road, Bolton and worked as a librarian.


Leonard's War

Leonard served as a Private in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Sadly, he drowned in the River Severn on 1 November 1943 while stationed at Nesscliffe, Shropshire. The exact circumstances of his death could not be established at the inquest.

He is buried in Heaton Cemetery, Bolton.




Leonard Alston

Private: 7653125

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Born: Bolton 27 February 1911

Died: Shropshire 1 November 1943

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