Lieutenant Leonard Arthur Kingham was a pupil of Oakham School between 1910-1915 where he excelled at rugby and cricket. Originally from Reading, he went to the Royal Military College Sandhurst and then into the Royal Berkshire Regiment, where he was attached to the 6th Battalion. Leonard was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) on 10 August 1917 aged 20. That day his battalion left New Dickebusch Camp at 6am and marched towards Glencorse Wood close to the Menin Road. In the evening the battalion was ordered to support the 7th Bedfords who were fending off a German counter-attack near a point on the Menin Road known as Clapham Junction. The war diary recounted: "The enemy counter attack failed and in spite of some disorganisation owing to the mixture of troops the line...was successfully taken over from the 7th Bedfords and the relief completed by 1 a.m." During this action, Leonard was killed. He is buried in Birr Road Cross Roads Cemetery near Ypres, where he has a special memorial, 8, because the exact position of his grave is no longer known. Arthur is remembered in Oakham School Chapel.
Picture below of Oakham School Cricket First XI courtesy Andrew Renshaw, author of Wisden on the Great War, www.bloomsbury.com/uk/wisden-on-the-great-war-9781408832356/
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