Leonard Comer Wall was born in West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula in the north west of England in 1896. His father, Charles Comer Wall, was a grocer and a director of the firm G. Wall and Company of Liverpool. Leonard’s mother was Kate Wall, nee Earle, from Newfoundland. Before her marriage, Kate had attended a boarding school for girls in West Kirby.
Leonard was educated at Clifton Academy in Bristol. He joined the 1st West Lancashire
Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery and was commissioned as an officer. The Regiment was posted to the Western Front
with A Battery, 275 Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery in September 1915. During that period, Leonard was mentioned in
Leonard was killed near Ypres on 9th June 1917
and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. At the time of his death, Leonard was
engaged to be married to a young lady from Kent.
It seems that Leonard was killed while riding his
Regimental horse “Blackie” because I found a mention on the Internet that he
had left instructions in his Will that his medals should be buried with his
horse. He must have left more than that
because “Blackie” was apparently among the few horses repatriated after the end of the War. "Blackie" lived on until 1942 and when he died at the age of 35 in an
RSPCA facility in Hunts Cross in Liverpool, he still bore the scars of the
Shrapnel that killed his master.