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Remembered Today:

AM II Leonard G. Mann 20 Squadron RFC d.14/9/17

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: L G

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Airman 2nd Class

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps

Unit Text: 20th Sqdn.

Age: 21

Date of Death: 14/09/1917

Service No: 65459

Additional information: Son of George Montague Mann and Mary Annie Mann, of 102, Braybrooke Rd., Hastings.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. D. 80.


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& the cemetery info


Country: France

Locality: Pas de Calais

Location Information: St. Omer is a large town 45 kilometres south-east of Calais. Longuenesse is a commune on the southern outskirts of St. Omer. Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery is approximately 3 kilometres from St Omer to the left of the D928 Abbeville road. As you leave St Omer towards Longuenesse drive up the hill for about 600 metres and the cemetery is on your left. There is a large car park to the rear of the cemetery.

Historical Information: St. Omer was the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force from October 1914 to March 1916. Lord Roberts died there in November 1914. The town was a considerable hospital centre with the 4th, 10th, 7th Canadian, 9th Canadian and New Zealand Stationary Hospitals, the 7th, 58th (Scottish) and 59th (Northern) General Hospitals, and the 17th, 18th and 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations all stationed there at some time during the war. St. Omer suffered air raids in November 1917 and May 1918, with serious loss of life. The Commonwealth section of the cemetery contains 2,874 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (6 unidntified), with special memorials commemorating 23 men of the Chinese Labour Corps whose graves could not be exactly located. Second World War burials number 403, (93 unidentified). Within the Commonwealth section there are also 34 non-war burials and 239 war graves of other nationalities. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

No. of Identified Casualties: 3439

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The entry in 'Airmen Died' says that AM Mann died after being accidentally shot. I suppose it may have been while loading or unloading the machine guns on one of No 20 Squadron's Bristol Fighters or, of course, it could have been an accident with a rifle or a pistol.


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