Leonard Berrisford (1898–1964)


Coldsteam Guards 26813 Reserve Battalion

Photo courtesy Nina & Steve Hemingray

Leonard Berrisford soldier in WW1

Len was born at Crich and for many years his father was licensee of the Cliff Inn. He enlisted in Dec 1916, but was not called into service until April 1918. This late call to arms may have been because he was employed as a collier. On the original WW1 Roll in St Mary’s, Crich, his surname was spelled ‘Berresford’. After demob he lived at Crich and became a haulage contractor. He married Prunella Slack in March qtr 1925 (Belper reg district) and had two sons and two daughters.

Army Pension Record
Leonard's address was shown as – near Church, Crich. He was aged 19 years 5 month working as a miner. His height was 5ft 9¼, weighing 148lb and he had mole between his shoulder blades. His religion was stated as C of E. The next of kin was shown as Leonard Berrisford (father), Elizabeth Berrisford (mother). Leonard enlisted at Derby 29 April 1918, although he was deemed to have enlisted 18 December 1916 before being called up for service on 29 April 1918. He was demobbed 30 April 1918. The address for his pay was the Cliff Inn, Crich. There is a note that his Occupation Cards were dispatched 3 July 1918 and that he was a miner SJ Code 225. It is presumed that the delay in calling him into the army was because of his employement as a miner.

On the original Roll of Honour he is recorded as Berresford, Len


1901: Town End, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Leonard Berisford Head 24 Labourer in water works Mansfield Woodhouse
Elizth A Berisford wife 23   Duffield
Leonard Berisford son 2   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Leonard Berrisford Head 34 Coal miner Mansfield
Elizabeth Berrisford wife 33   Cowes Lane
Leonard Berrisford son 12 School Crich
Mary Hilda Berrisford daughter 9 School Crich
Constance Berrisford daughter 6 School Crich
Chrissie Berrisford daughter 4   Crich

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1939 Register: North View Crich
Leonard Berrisford b.18 December 1898; haulage contractor
Prunella Berrisford b.20 December 1899
John Berrisford b.6 April 1930; school
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