Leonard William Levey

Leonard William Levey
Private 44209
2/23 Bn.East Surrey Regiment

Little is known of Leonard William Levey except that he waskilled in action on 2 September 1918 during the time of the final British advance. He is buried at Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Cemetery, location V.E.17.

The 1911 census spells his name as Lenard William Levy and gives his address as 101, Orts Road, Reading. There were seven children living at home between the ages of 25 and four years; Leonard’s age is given as eleven years. His mother had borne twelve children in total although four had died. Alfred Levey, father was recorded as a miller at the biscuit factory and of those old enough to work all except one were employed at the biscuit factory. In 1911 Leonard was still at school.

Two battalions of the 23rd were found during the First World War for overseas service with a reserve battalion at home. The 1/23rd fought in France and Flanders from March 1915 until the end of hostilities in 1918, being involved in actions at Festubert, Loos, the Somme in 1916 and 1918, Messines, Ypres, Cambrai, Lille and Tournai. Casualties were heavy, 237 being killed and 262 wounded at Givenchy during the Battle of Festubert. The 2/23rd went initially to France in June 1916 but later went to Salonika and then to Egypt to take part in General Allenby’s offensive against the Turks in Palestine. Finally they returned to France in 1918 and saw action around Ypres. http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/militia_vol_territorial/mvt19_1.html 

Leonard William would have been about 18 years old at the time of his death and it is not known when he joined his battalion. His name is on the Alfred Sutton School war memorial.

A J Levey

A. J. Levey
Private PO/1814(S)
Royal Marines Light Infantry
R.M. Battalion Royal Naval Division

Division 34



 A.J. Levey was the husband of Agnes L. Levey and lived at 18, Belle View Rd., Tilehurst Rd., Reading.  He died on the 21st October 1918 aged 33.  His wife only survived him by six years and is buried in the same grave. His is a CWGC headstone, grave number 4634.

Walter John Levy

Walter John Levy
Private 29006 14th Battalion formally 22342 K.O.S.B.
Highland Light Infantry

 Divison 18 

Levey WJ photo

Walter John Levy is commemorated on the grave of Martha and Philip Levy who died in 1937 and 1938 respectively.  They are were the parents of Walter Levy.   The Berkshire family history Society classification for the grave is given a 18H3.  Cemetery Register number 12394.

A picture of a Private Levy (there is an error in the spelling of the name) gives the address as 12, Francis Street, Reading.  The 1911 census indicates that Philip Levy was a carter at the Corn Merchants (possibly Sutton Seeds) and the Walter a tin worker at the tin factory (Huntley, Borne and Stevens),other family members worked at the biscuit factory (Huntley and Palmers). Walter was 19 at the time of the census.

Walter Levy is recorded on the grave as being killed in action on 21st October 1916, aged 25.  He is buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery, Marzingarbe, Pas de Calais.   Location I.D.37.  The cemetery is situated between Bethune and Lens.  Graves from the Loos battlefield were brought to the cemetery after the Armistice.

Originally the 14th Battalion was a Bantam battalion but it ceased to have this designation in early 1917. The battalion landed in France in July 1916 as part of the 40th Division. The division was formed between September and December 1915. Serving mainly on the loos battlefront the division was also involved in the battle of Ancre in 1916 on the Somme. There were a number of fierce attacks between including between 1 October and 11 November 1916 including one on 21 October the day Walter Levy lost his life, aged 24 years.

Further research is required to find out about the action in which Private Levy was killed.