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Leonard Douglas Bannister

Served with Essex County Constabulary from Jun 6, 1939 and died on Apr 15, 1940.

Police Constable Leonard Douglas Bannister was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Bannister and was born on 19th August 1914 in Hemsworth, Yorkshire. 

He joined Essex County Constabulary on 6th June 1939, having previously served in the Coldstream Guards from 31st August 1932 to 1st June 1939. 

After training at Headquarters, he was posted to Maldon from 5th August 1939. However, on 1st December 1939, like many of his colleagues, he was recalled to his former regiment. On 11th February 1940 he married Emily Cissie Bannister, of Romford. Within a matter of weeks he was fatally injured in a motor accident and died on Monday 15th April 1940. By that stage he had transferred to become Lance Corporal 2655673 with the Corps of Military Police. He was aged 25. 

Leonard Bannister was buried in grave 1271 (section KK) at Romford Cemetery.

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