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Leonard Richard Bartlett (1889-1917)


312030; Driver; Canadian Field Artillery, 3rd Division; Ammunition Column



Leonard Bartlett is featured in the North Hill Local History Group’s publication “The Fallen of North Hill Parish”. This page provides additional information which has come to light since the book was printed. If you have any knowledge, information, pictures or artefacts which would be useful in telling his story, please contact us.



The pictures on this page have been supplied by Roy Brawn who contacted us to help with our War memorial project. The picture above was taken in Winnipeg, Canada probably during the winter of 1915/1916. It shows four men from North Hill in Cornwall who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight during World War One. Click on the images below for larger images.


Leonard Richard Bartlett (1889-1917)

Leonard is wearing the cap badge of the Winnipeg Grenadiers


Sydney James Bartlett (1891-1962)

Sydney is wearing the cap badge of the Canadian Army Field Regiment


Cecil Raymond Bartlett (1899-1975)

Ray is wearing the cap badge of the Royal Garrison Artillery




Henry (Harry) Husband & Herbert Henry Ellacott & William Maunder (L-R)

They are all wearing the cap badge of the Royal Field Artillery.

This was probably taken in Cornwall as Harry did not emigrate to Canada until 1922. Before the war, Harry worked for his uncle, William Spurr at Trekenner farm, Lezant.


Sydney Bartlett & Leonard Bartlett (L-R back) with Sydney Doney & Henry Foot (L-R front)

This photo was taken in Winnipeg, probably in the winter of 1915/1916.

Leonard is wearing the cap badge of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The others are wearing the cap badge of the Canadian Army Field Regiment.


. Ethel May Bartlett & Cecil (Ray) Raymond Bartlett & Augusta Elsie Bartlett

The Bartlett Family

John Coumbe BARTLETT .. he was born 1859 in Trebartha village in North Hill; after his wife died John C Bartlett sold up his farm and went to Canada and the USA for 5 years (1929-1934) visiting his 3 sons and 1 daughter; he died in 1941 at Trekenner Post Office in Lezant, the home of his daughter, May. He married in 1883 in Launceston to

Ann Maria Howe DOWN .. she was born 1857 in Princetown, Devon; ; she died in 1927 at Bowda in North Hill

the family lived in Middlewood and Berrio Bridge in North Hill; they had 9 children all of whom were born in North Hill, Cornwall and all survived into adulthood; their nine children were:

1.      Arnold John Coumbe BARTLETT (known as Jack)

He was born 1884, emigrated to Canada in 1908 and died 13th Apr 1957 in Winnipeg. His wife Lillian was born in Calstock in 1889 and died in Winnipeg in 1962. They married in Winnipeg in 1913 upon her arrival from England. They had 3 children, Leonard John (1915-1987), Kathleen Mary (Kay) (1922-1999) and Freda (1925-1992).

2.      Clarence Henry Coumbe BARTLETT

He was born in 1886, emigrated to the USA in 1908 and died in 1959 in Philadelphia. He married Desira Jacobson nee Kalck but they had no children.

3.      Ethel May BARTLETT (known as May)

She was born in 1888 and married in 1913 to Ernest BRAWN (1881-1949) who served in WW1 in the Royal Engineers. They lived all their married lives at Trekenner which was where she died 1965 at Trekenner Post Office in Lezant. Ernest and May Brawn had 2 children, Edna Mary (1916-2003) and Richard John (1920-2007)

4.      Leonard Richard BARTLETT

Leonard was born in 1889 and emigrated to Canada in 1909. In 1916 he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force having been with the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers before this. His attestation can be seen here.

On 4th March 1916 Leonard transferred to the artillery. His battalion arrived in France on 12th August 1916, becoming part of the 4th Canadian Division, 12th Canadian Infantry Brigade. The 3rd CEF took part in many of the actions on the Somme battlefield. In October they moved to the Arras area. It is possible that it was during this period that Leonard contracted pneumonia. This low-lying area is well known for its damp and foggy conditions; these may have exacerbated the poor health of some soldiers. Ammunition columns had to be dragged through appalling road conditions in the bitter weather of this period and it is easy to see that this could be a breaker of health, quite apart from the danger of shellfire.

As a driver in the artillery Leonard would have been responsible for two horses and their harness. This rôle would have attracted men who had previous experience of horses, which Leonard would probably have acquired from his time on the farm at home. Drivers could also be called upon to act as gunners when required.

All the Canadian forces had satellite UK ‘home’ depots, obviating the need to take a long trip home for leave or short term hospital treatment. In Leonard’s case he had two homes, one in Berrio in North Hill and the other in Winnipeg, Canada. At the time of his death he was recorded as Driver Leonard Bartlett 312030 of the Canadian Field Artillery, CEF, 3rd Division, Ammunition Column. He is remembered on the North Hill War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in St Torney’s Church and in the Canadian Book of Remembrance.

He died in 1917 whilst being cared for at home in Berrio for pneumonia which was attributed to his army service.

The Cornish & Devon Post report on Leonard’s funeral:




The death of Driver Leonard Bartlett, Canadian Artillery, occurred at his home, Berrio, North Hill, on Thursday, last week. He was the third son of Mr and Mrs J C Bartlett and previous to the outbreak of war had resided in Canada for five years. Volunteering for the forces as soon as war commenced he joined the Canadian Field Artillery, came to England, and, after completing his training, he was sent to France. Towards the end of north hill 6.jpg1916 he contracted pneumonia and was sent to an English hospital where he sufficiently recovered to return to his home about three weeks ago. A chill, accelerated by bronchitis and asthma, caused the return of the pneumonia to which he succumbed, at the age of 27, after a few days' illness.

The funeral took place, amid manifest tokens of sympathy at North Hill Parish Church on Monday, the Rector officiating. The circumstances were all the more sad on account of the illness of his mother, who was prevented from attending the funeral, and also the recent accident to Mr Bartlett, his father. The mourners were: Mr J C Bartlett (father), Mrs Braund, Misses E and P Bartlett (sisters), Messrs G and R Bartlett (brothers), Pte Braund, RE (brother-in-law), Mr and Mrs W H Halls (uncle and aunt), Mrs Turner (aunt) Mr R Halls (cousin), Miss F Doney and Mr D Gilbert. The bearers - young men of the district - were: Messrs W Palmer jun, W Dingle, N Coad, J Colwill, G Knight, A Jewell. Among the numerous sympathisers present were: Messrs R  Harris, Babb, Abbott, Adams, Bennett, Caunter, Lawry, Gribble, Lawrence, Kent Jasper, Wadge, Cole, Budge (Kingbear), Hoare, Knight, Doidge, Landrey, Lee, Downing (Coad's Green), Fuge, J Landrey, Colmer, Hart, G G Davey, C Jones, H Jones, H Stephens, D Cornish, Vincent, H Nicholls, J Budge, Pearn, Billings, S Williams, Hooper, Budge, J H Mitchell, P Reed and many others, including a large concourse of ladies. There were many beautiful floral tributes, including a harp with a broken string from father, mother, brothers and sisters; from uncle, auntie and Richard; from granny and auntie Ellen; from Florence; from all at West Berrio; from Mrs Steed and Elsie; from Mrs Snell, Gracie and Mrs Cottle; from D Gilbert and Lce-Corpl Atkins; from Mr, Mrs and Ruth Knight.

5.      Sydney James BARTLETT

He was born in 1891 and emigrated to Canada in 1913. In 1916 he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He married Pearl Merne Kemp in 1923 in Toronto and they had one son William John (Billy) who was born in 1924. Sydney died in 1962 in Toronto

6.      Gilbert Frank BARTLETT

He was born in 1894 and married Ada Mary DOIDGE in 1918. Gilbert Frank Bartlett died 1954 at Treveniel. His son Leslie continued to farm here after his father's death. Gilbert and Ada (1893-1982) had 4 children, Leslie John (1918-1976), Peggy (1921-1986), Stanley Frank (1926-2000) and Peter (b1934). Stanley kept the Post Office and shop in North Hill for many years. Gilbert’s descendants are still in North Hill.

7.      Augusta Elsie BARTLETT (known as Elsie)

She was born in 1896 and married in 1920 to Herman J S DAVEY (brother of Richard H F DAVEY, see below). They emigrated to Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Elsie was mentioned in the obituary to her brother Sydney in 1962. Elsie Davey nee Bartlett died in 1976 and her husband died in 1986. They had 2 sons Gordon James, b 1923 and Herman John, b 1926.

8.      Cecil Raymond BARTLETT (known as Ray)

He was born in 1899 and during World War One enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He emigrated again this time to Australia some time after his mother died in 1927. Ray married Idelia Aurora Bonser nee Sergeant, known as Fairy, in 1938 but had no children of his own. Ray was mentioned in the obituary to his brother Sydney in 1962. Ray died in Sidney, Australia on the 26th September 1975.

9.      Phebe Eveline BARTLETT

She was born in 1904 and married Richard H F DAVEY (brother of Herman J S DAVEY, see above). Phebe and her husband Harry kept the Post Office at Upton Cross for many years. They had 2 daughters Eveline Mary (1928-2003) and Margaret Phebe b 1933. Phebe died in 1982 in Plymouth.

The naming of the three girls is interesting. May was born in May 1888, Augusta was born in August 1896 and Phebe was born in February 1904. This may explain why her name was spelt without an ‘o’, Phebe being as close as the parents could get to the name of the month in which she was born.

Others shown on this page

Henry (Harry) HUSBAND was born in Lower Larrick, Lezant on the 8th November 1897 to John and Priscilla Husband. He was a brother to Gertrude Jasper (nee Husband) who lived at Ruses Mill in Lezant. Harry farmed near Innisfail in Alberta, near his brother George, before retiring to live at Creston in British Columbia where he died in 1978.

Herbert Henry ELLACOTT was baptised as a Bible Christian at home in Crocadon, St Mellion on the 11th July 1897; his parents were Charles Henry and Ellen Ellacott; Charles was a farmer at Trefrize in Linkinhorne in 1911.

William MAUNDER was born in Linkinhorne, the son of Edward and Annie Maunder; his mother’s first cousin was Sydney Perry who is remembered on the Linkinhorne War Memorial having been killed on the Western Front in 1916.

Sydney DONEY was born in Bathpool where the family lived for many years before moving to Kingbear; Sydney was born in 1895 to John and Jane Doney; he enlisted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force and gave his date of birth as 23 February 1893 but we can give no reason why he should make himself older; he was discharged in May 1918 and lived in Winnipeg; his son, also named Sydney, was killed on active service in World War 2; Sydney died in Winnipeg in 1966.

Henry Foott was the 4th of the 7 children of Oliver Foott and Ellen (nee Buckingham); Henry was born in 1887 and emigrated to Canada in 1909 along with his friend Leonard Richard Bartlett (pictured above); he enlisted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force; Henry died in Winnipeg, Canada in 1973; Henry’s brother James Aunger Foott and Alfred Edward Foott both enlisted into the Royal Navy and were killed within six weeks of one another in 1917 and are named on the North Hill War Memorial; he had two other brothers, both of whom emigrated to the USA and one of them, William, was drafted into the United States military in 1917.


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