Laker, Leonard Thomas

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War Service:
Acting Warrant Officer (Sargent Major) LAKER, Leonard Thomas , service number 352 and 536014 of the 5th London Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He enlisted at Greenwich 7 April 1908 and was embodied 5 August 1914. He was abroad with the British Expeditionary Force 1916 - January 1918. He began to loose weight in March 1917 whilst in Salonika and had repeated ‘colds’ between March and November 1917. He was sent to hospital in Egypt November 1917 and then to England 20 January 1918. Tuberculosis was found in the sputum at Alexandria. He went to Bermondsey Military Hospital and was examined. He was undernourished and his former weight was 11 stone. On examination he was 9 stone 5 1/2 lb, having lost 7lb since admission. There was physical signs of Tubercle on both lobes of the left lung. Prior to enlisting his health was good and there was no history of TB in the family. It was recommended he was 100% disabled and the TB had been contracted whilst on active service, so he was sent to a sanatorium in Broadstairs.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the now lost Lewisham Board of Guardians Memorial Board.

Details:
He was a Relieving Officer and member of the Out-door Staff at the Lewisham Infirmary. He was born 13 March 1888 son of Peter and Frances Alice Laker and was baptised at St Matthew, Brixton 29 April 1888. In 1911 he was living at 47 Ravensbourne Road, Catford, with parents and siblings.He married Margaret Scott at St Mary's, Lewisham 17 October 1914. In 1918 Margaret was living at 31 Brosley Grove Sydenham after having lived with Leonard's parents for a time.
He died 26 November 1919 of TB at a Sanatorium at 3 Cliffe Road, Broadstairs aged 31.

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