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Leonard Brown was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of William and Annie Brown. In 1901 they were living at 59 Sweetman Street, together with Leonard’s brother, William and sister, Nancy.

Leonard enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery (number 800478). On 14 April 1917, he was listed in the Express & Star among the local Midlands men who had been reported as wounded. However, he survived the war and married Laura Bentley in 1921. They had a daughter, Beryl, in 1923. Leonard died in 1956 at the age of 59.