Leonard Harrop, Corporal 6221, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Died 4th March 1917 in Somme, France, aged 36
Brother of Mrs. M. L. Mellor, of 79, High St., Macclesfield. Native of Macclesfield.
Leonard Harrop enlisted in Portland, Dorset and was mentioned in dispatches. Corporal Harrop’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 13 April 1917:
CORPORAL L HARROP – ONE OF THE FIRST TO GO OUT
We regret to announce the death of Corporal L Harrop (6221), late of 79 High Street, Macclesfield, who was killed in action on March 4th, 1917 “somewhere in France.” The deceased was educated at the St George’s Day School, and attended St John’s Sunday School when a boy. He enlisted when 18 years old in the 2nd Northampton Regiment (“C” Company) and was drafted out to South Africa soon after the Boer War commenced. At the conclusion of hostilities his regiment was sent out India, where he stayed for eight years. The last two years of his time were spent in the Barracks at Northampton Depot as a drummer and bugler.
When the European war broke out he was called up as a Reservist, and went out to France… He took part in the hottest engagements… and was wounded twice and gassed once. He was mentioned in dispatched for bravery and raised to the rank of Corporal. The deceased was 36 years of age, and had been in France two years and seven months. He was always proud of being one of Sir John French’s “contemptible little army,” and… he was the possessor of the Queen Victoria and King Edward medals.
Corporal Leonard Harrop is buried in grave ref. VII. C. 22. in the Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel Le Grand, Somme, France. His sister asked for a cross and the words “AFTER STRIFE, PEACE” to be engraved on his headstone.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Corporal Leonard Harrop, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.