Private Leonard Garment
Leonard Garment was born in Berkhamsted in 1888. He was the fourth of six sons and one daughter to Edwin and Lizzie. His father was a Chimney Sweep. The family lived at 79 Gossoms End, which is listed as containing only three rooms.
When he left school, he obtained work as a General Labourer and took lodgings at 5 Middle Road, probably due to over-crowding in his parent’s home. On 22nd November 1915 he signed his four-year attestation papers at Hertford to join the Hertfordshire Regiment a private 5993, 3rd battalion. He gave his address at the time as 78 Gossoms End. He was immediately embodied and sent to the camp at Halton Park, Tring.
On 28 January 1916 after 68 days he was discharged as “not likely to become an efficient soldier on medical grounds”. His character was described as “very good”. He had been suffering from a cough on and off for two years. He was admitted to hospital on 30th December. On examination he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Tuberculosis which was not caused by military service. He was paid allowances up to and including the date of admission to hospital.
He died in Berkhamsted sometime between the beginning of July and the end of September 1916. He did not see active service and was not entitled to any war medals. He is remembered on the Berkhamsted War Memorial and the Plaque inside St Peters Church along with two of brothers, who also died during the war.
Article written by Janice Boakes and contained in the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society publication “Men of Berkhamsted: Lest We Forget” – ISBN 978-1-9998555-1-2