Leonard Moston joined up on the 4th September 1914 at Knutsford, Regimental No: 15904, into the 12th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, giving his place of birth as Winterley near Sandbach and his occupation as Farm Labourer. He was the son of John and Mary Moston who later lived at Manor House, Great Warford.
He later became part of the 12th Corps Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps and was part of the British Expeditionary Force and later went to Salonica.
By 19th May 1918 his medical condition reads: Acute Septic Synovitis of the left knee
A statement taken from his military service by a fellow soldier, Private A. Fellowes documents the circumstances behind his injury:
“Private Moston and myself were proceeding to GOLA to work. In passing through the barbed wire Pte Moston scratched his knee on the wire. He mentioned it to me at the time but we did not think it serious, being only a small scratch. He did not report sick until about for days afterwards when his knee became painful”
Sadly he never recovered from this seemingly insignificant incident.
He died at Tigne Hospital in Malta of Staphylococcal Septicemia on the 29th September 1918 and is buried at the Pieta Military Cemetery, Northern Harbour, Plot A.XIX.7
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star for service in France or Flanders between 23 November 1914 and 31 December 1915, or for service in any theatre between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915.
He was awarded the British War Medal for serving in a theatre of war, or rendered service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.
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