Lieutenant John Algernon Leventhorpe
by Linda Ayres
Lieutenant Leventhorpe was born 20th April 1893, at Jubbulpore, Central Provinces, India, the son of Mr John Bonfoy Leventhorpe, of the Public Works Department, Government of India, and Mrs Leventhorpe, of 18, St Andrews Road, Bedford.
He attended St Clare School, Walmer, Kent, and Marlborough College. He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich from which he received his commission in the Royal Engineers as Second Lieutenant in July 1912 and served with the Expeditionary Force from the 16th August 1914 until his death. He was promoted Lieutenant in August 1914 for his services in the war, and mentioned in Sir John French’s Despatches of the 14th January 1915. On January 23rd 1915, Lieutenant Leventhorpe was shot while working in the trenches near Kemmel.
An entry in a soldier’s diary describes the events of the 23rd January 1915 at Kemmel. “Trenches heavy shellfire from SE believed to be 6″ Howitzers at 12 noon and 4pm, trenches damaged nonstop rifle fire on our left all through the night.”
Lieutenant Leventhorpe was one of 18 Royal Engineers and 4 Canadian Engineers originally buried at Beaver Farm Cemetery, and exhumed in December 1919. They were all reburied in Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Arrondissement, Ieper, West Flanders, (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium. Lieutenant Leventhorpe was interred in Plot 1V. B. 11.
Grave Ref: E.1017.
A wooden cross is placed on the ground below their memorial, upon this cross was once a metal cross, dedicated to Lieutenant Leventhorpe. The cross has been removed to preserve it, and is now on display in the chapel.
Biggleswade Chronicle & North Bedfordshire Gazette Friday 5th February 1915
Page 308 The-Bond-of-Sacrifice-Volume-11
August 04, 2021