Neighbour, L G
LESLIE GULLIVER (BUNNIE) NEIGHBOUR
Remembered with honour Watford (Vicarage Road) Cemetery: Plot G, Row 1, Grave 1029.
He attested 28 August 1914 in Kensington, London, in the Territorial Force 4 years service in the U.K., and joined the 13th (Kensington Rifles) Battalion, London Regiment: an assistant cashier with the National Bank Ltd aged 20, 5’8″ tall, his next-of-kin his father of Watford. He was discharged from the Kensingtons 4 January 1915 having been appointed to a commission with the Regular Army; he was gazetted 4 January 1915 to be Second Lieutenant as of 18 November 1914. He appears to have no medals, served at Home from 28 August 1914 to 4 January 1915, and was accidentally killed. An inquest was held at Southend-on-Sea into the death.
There are articles about Leslie in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 16 January 1915, 21 August 1915 (including a Death announcement) and 28 August 1915; also articles in the Watford Illustrated dated 21 August 1915 and 28 August 1915. Brief reports of the inquest appear in the Teesdale Mercury dated 25 August 1915; the Abergavenny and Monmouthshire Advertiser dated 27 August 1915; and the London Standard dated 18 August 1915.
Son of James Howell and Elizabeth/Lizzie (nee GULLIVER) NEIGHBOUR of Watford.
His parents married 13 September 1881 at St Mary’s, Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London. Elizabeth died 15 December 1928 in Watford aged 78, and was buried 19 December in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; James died 21 April 1948 in Watford aged 93, and was buried 27 April, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Leslie was born 23 March 1894 in Watford, and baptised 29 July 1894 at St Andrew’s, Watford. He was educated at Berkhamsted School, Herts, until 1911, and was buried 20 August.
On the 1901 Census, aged 7 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, a bank clerk aged 17, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings.
Date of death16/08/1915
Age at death21
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)