Private 41439 Leonard Jevons

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Killed in Action on Thursday, 24th October 1918, age 19.
Buried in Grave II. E. 10. at Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

2nd Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment. 24th Brigade of 8th Division.

Son of Isaac and Elizabeth Jevons, of 6, Park Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Dudley Port, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Mission Church Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/577620/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
25 Cleton Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Isaac Jevons (53, Bricklayer's Labourer, born Coseley), his wife Elizabeth (49, born Bilston), and their 6 children: William James (16, Bank Clerk, born Bilston), Lizzie (15, born Coseley), Isaac (13, Trowel Maker, born Coseley), Rebecca (10, born Coseley), Thomas (5, born Coseley), Leonard (1, born Tipton).

1911 Census
6 Park Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton, Staffs.
Isaac Jevons (53, General Labourer, born Coseley), his wife Elizabeth (49, born Bradley), and 4 of their surviving children of 8: William James (26, Commercial Clerk, born Bradley), Thomas Alfred (15, Moulder, born Coseley), Leonard (11, born Dudley Port), Olive Esther (9, born Dudley Port).

Personal Data

Leonard Jevons is commemorated on the Mission Church Memorial as Leonard Jeavons.

After Leonard's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £6/2/3d (6 pounds, 2 shillings and 3 pence); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Lizzie, in February 1919. His War Gratuity was £5/0/0d (5 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his mother in February 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Leonard had enlisted in July 1917.

Action resulting in his death

The Allied forces broke through of the Hindenburg Line in late September 1918. The subsequent general advance saw the 2nd Northants, as part of 8th Division, taking part in 'The Final Advance in Artois' from 2nd October to 11th November 1918.

Moving generally eastwards from Oppy/Gavrelle, by 18th October the Douai area had been cleared of enemy troops. After a short pause, the 8th Division continued the pursuit to the Forest of Raismes, near the Belgian border. Leonard Jevons was one of 2 men of the 2nd Northants killed on the 24th, one further man was killed on the 25th - the last men of the 2nd Northants to be killed in action. The Battalion was withdrawn to reserve on the 26th October, and was not called into action again.

Leonard is buried in Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery, Valenciennes was not captured from the Germans until 1st November 1918. 17 soldiers who were killed in October and November 1918 and buried in Mont-des-Bruyeres British Cemetery, St. Amand-les-Eaux, were re-buried here after the war. Papers released by the Commonwealth War Graves Commisson in 2014 show that Leonard Jevons was amongst them.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 14th December 1918
Northants Regiment, Jevons, 41439, L., (Tipton).