Stasegem Communal Cemetery, Belgium - Rededication Ceremony.

Rededication Ceremony for Lance Corporal Leonard Thomas Courtney at Stasegem Communal Cemetery.

A rededication service for Lance Corporal Leonard Thomas Courtney, 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, took place at 14.30h on Tuesday 9 October 2018 at Stasegem Communal Cemetery in Belgium.  Lance Corporal Courtney was killed on 20 October 1918, just three weeks before the end of the First World War.


The CWGC marked his grave with a new headstone bearing his name and a personal inscription chosen by his family.  The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. 


Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Leonard Thomas Courtney died nearly 100 years ago, just over a fortnight before the end of the war.  Leonard, who was born in 1895 in Barnstable, Devon, was serving with the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment when he was killed in action in Belgium during October 1918. He was buried as an unknown Lance Corporal of the Worcestershire Regiment in Stasegem Communal Cemetery.


He was born to Thomas Courtney and his wife, Caroline (known as Carrie) Amelia Courtney (nee Easterbrook). He seems to have had a younger brother, Ernest Howard Courtney, also born in Barnstable in 1897.


Stasegem Rededication Order of Service
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