Leonard was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of George Turpie and Margaret Rollo. In 1901, they were living at 18 Dalton Street, along with Leonard’s siblings Edward G., William C. and Gladys. By 1911, Leonard was a boarder in the home of Albert Edward Cuxson at 17 Arthur Street, Dudley Road, Wolverhampton. Leonard was now working as an invoice clerk for an iron founder and hollowware manufacturer. He later worked for the Wolverhampton Chief Assistant Overseer, J. Ransford.
Leonard became a Sergeant in the 62nd Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 37194). On 2 October 1917, Mr Ransford sent a letter to the clerk of Wolverhampton Borough Council, Sir Horatio Brevitt, which appears in the Council Communications Book. This letter states:
Roll of Honour
I have pleasure in informing you that one of my Staff – Sergt Leonard Rollo of the 62nd Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. – has been awarded the Military Medal for meritorious work in France.
I thought you might perhaps like to add this information to the above Roll, and if you consider such an honour warrants it, perhaps you will kindly bring the matter to the notice of your Council.
This request was not, however, taken up, as the eventual Roll of Honour only contained the names of men who had died, and Leonard survived the war.
Leonard married Doris Flynn in Wolverhampton in 1920. The couple had an unnamed daughter in 1922, and a son, Colin, in 1925. Leonard died on 15 July 1932 at the Wolverhampton Royal Hospital, by which date his address was 52 Hazel Road, Oxbarn Estate, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £366 1s. 8d.