Son of Henry King, works manager, and Margaret King, of 1 Greville Road, Southville. Older brother of Archie, who also served.
King was born on 14/09/1890, and attended the School from 1901-1904. He served as a Lieutenant in the Army, with the Gloucestershire Regiment 1st/6th Bn. He was awarded the Military Cross. King sadly lost his life on 18/04/1917, as a result of the War.
King is buried in Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, France, grave reference D. 51.
Heavy Machine-Gun Fire
King was awarded the Military Cross on 22nd September 1916. Gazette issue 29760, page 9277. The London Gazette reported that it was awarded for:
For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon under very heavy machine-gun fire after suffering severe casualties. On the next night he showed great coolness in steadying his men during a heavy bombardment.
Killed in Action (London Gazette 22nd September 1916)
Lieutenant Leonard King, M.C. – Killed in action 18th April 1917 – 1/6th Battalion. Killed when a German mine blew up the Battalion HQ at Villers Faucon. Aged 27. Son of Henry and Margaret King, of Bristol. Buried at Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, Somme. MC