Leonard Frazer was born in Ruscombe on 26th December 1889 to Isaac and Jemima Frazer, and was the fourth of seven children.
Leonard's father was an agricultural labourer and the family lived in Kennel Cottages, Ruscombe.
Leonard attended Hurst Infants School and at the age of seven he became a pupil in Hurst Boys School, leaving at thirteen in July 1903.
Leonard became a railway labourer until just before his seventeenth birthday when he was accepted as a Boy Sailor 2nd Class in the Royal Navy.
At the turn of the century Britain had the strongest navy in the world and there was stiff competition for places.
Only one in ten applicants was accepted for training after passing a stringent medical and proving their abilities in reading, writing and arithmetic.
Leonard passed these tests and was granted a place on HMS Impregnable at Devonport.
HMS Impregnable was laid down in Pembroke Dock in 1860 and was a five-deck, line-of-battle ship of 6,557 tons and armed with 110 guns.
She had been built at the same time as the ironclad ship "HMS Warrior" and thus was made obsolete even as she was being launched.
As a result she made only one sea-going cruise, for her steam trials, after which she was moored in the upper reaches of the Hamoaze for 25 years until she was brought back into use as a training ship.
Leonard would have signed a contract, endorsed by his parents, committing to serve in the Navy for 12 years from his eighteenth birthday.
With the entry formalities over Leonard would then have received his uniform and prayer book on board Circe, the tender for HMS Impregnable.
Once on board the training ship it was usual to receive vaccinations before joining the other new entrants for their first eight months of training.
Lessons started with tidiness and how to look after kit.
They then moved on with swimming, rowing, gunnery and seamanship.
Each day there were two hours of academic classes that included trigonometry, astronomy, algebra and navigation.
There was also plenty of PE and sports plus the occasional shore leave as relief from the busy schedule.
After eight months Leonard became a Boy 1st Class and moved on to the next stage of his training.
Leonard chose to specialise as a signaller and found himself in even more historical surroundings on Nelson's flagship HMS Victory.
This was now the Naval School of Telegraphy and had been fitted out with sounders, bells, needles and printers in the Admiral's after cabin.
Up on deck there were mechanical semaphores and heliographs as well as the traditional signal flags, arranged so that flag-hoisting drill could be carried out with the fore and mizzen masts representing different ships.
After three months on Victory, Leonard spent a week at Chatham before being assigned to his first warship, HMS Swiftsure.
Leonard was now eighteen and had become an Ordinary Seaman.
It was only after another six months experience at sea that he could gain the sought after rank of Able Seaman.
Leonard served on more than twenty ships during his naval career and on each ship his character was always reported as 'Very Good'.
His time at sea was interspersed with postings to HMS Pembroke at Chatham and he qualified as a Signaller in 1911 and a Leading Signaller in 1916.
The start of the First World War found Leonard one year into a three year posting to
During this time Leonard's ship saw action at the
Battle of Jutland,
the major naval engagement of the war.
Boadicea's role was to cover the flank of the fleet and so it had the fortune not to suffer any casualties during the battle.
After HMS Boadicea Leonard saw service with the Mediterranean Fleet and received a Good Conduct award in 1917.
He had postings on several ships in the Aegean, finding himself on
a Diadem-class cruiser, at the end of the war.
It was while with HMS Europa that Leonard contracted pneumonia and died at Tenedos on 23rd December 1918.
He was 29 years old and had been in the Royal Navy for almost twelve years.
He now rests in a Commonwealth war grave in the
Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Gallipoli.