Leonard Startup

First Name:  Leonard 
Initials: 
Surname:  Startup 
DOB:  Circa 1884 
Age:  33 
Birth Town:  Maidstone, Kent 
Resided Town:  Guildford, Surrey 
Nationality:  British 
Date of Death:  03/05/1917 
Fate:  Killed In Action 
Information:  SON OF JAMES AND ELIZA STARTUP, OF 2, HEATH COTTAGES, TUNBRIDGE RD., MAIDSTONE. 
Rank:  Corporal 
Service Number:  22823 
Duty Location:  France And Flanders 
Campaign Medals:  Victory Medal
British War Medal
Memorial Death Plaque Of WWI 
Service:  British Army 
Regiment:  Northumberland Fusiliers 
Battalion:  1st Battalion 
Information:  ‘He enlisted at Guildford in Surry… Leonard was one of a large number of men of the  battalion who were killed that day.’ 1Maidstone in the Great War: Stephen Wynn, Pen & Sword Military, 2017, p.88-89   ‘The battalion’s war diaries for 3rd May 1917 record the  following information:  A few minutes after ZERO, the enemy put a heavy barrage on the positions occupied by the  Battalion,and the leading Companies advanced to try and get in front of it. On reaching the FRONT  LINE it was found that the rear wave of the leading Battalion had not yet left, on their leaving, so the  leading two Companies of their Battalion advanced with them but owing to the heavy fire it was  found impossible to do so, and after several attempts to, it was decided to dig in and improve our  original front line. During the attack the Battalion casualties amounted to 7 officers and about  110 other ranks.’ 
Commemorated:
On the Remembrance Board in the Tower at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, 
Maidstone, where Leonard had been a bellringer. On 3rd May 2017 the bellringers rang a full 
Half-muffled peal on the 100th Anniversary of the death of Leonard Startup. 
France Arras Memorial Bay 2 and 3
Tower War Memorial at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone