I am building a database of identified Leicestershire regiment soldiers images listed into battalions, Casualties, Officers etc, please do get in touch with any identified images you may have so I can add, this will be a great research tool for future generations. I also share my findings with the regimental museum and Leicestershire war memorials websites. I must add my gratitude to Jonathan Capewell who developed and ran the former website ww1tigers.com, Jonathan who sadly passed away to early was a good friend and inspired and helped me with this hobby, so thanks to JC and Covid19 (that's given me to much time on my hands) I have come up with my own site dedicated to the Leicester Regiment mostly trying to identify unmarked postcards/images. As most cards/images had a good few printed to be sent to family and friends, I am hoping others may have the same card with ID or the soldier may be a family member.
Please get in touch with any images you have and details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do check out Richards Lanes Tigers at the Somme video of the Leicesters attack at Bazentin Le Petit and some useful links on the links page.
A little story,,,,,,,,,,, I was recently contacted by a lady asking if I could help with any information on their relative who served with the Leicesters in the great war, well of course I obliged, I then realised I actually had a image of this man in uniform which I sent on, the family were stunned as they had never seen a image of him before, the lady and her father were in tears, it was a few minutes later that she noticed the date of our contact was the 17th August 2020, her relative was Killed in action on 17th August 1917, so exactly 103 years to the day! It is times like this that makes this data base invaluable for future generations.
You will see that my personal images have the website name over them, this is to protect the originals from being copied. Always looking to purchase original great war Leicestershire Regiment postcards, items.
Pte 6276 William Buckingham VC. Awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in the battle of Neuve Chapelle in 1915 'for conspicuous acts of bravery and devotion the duty in rescuing and rendering aid to the wounded whilst exposed to heavy fire, especially at Neuve Chapelle on the 10th and 12th of March 1915' London Gazette - 28 April 1915 William was sadly killed in action on the 15th September 1916 - the first day of the battle of Flers - Courcelette on the Somme, his body never recovered and he is remembered on the Thiepval memorial to the missing. I grew up in the same villlage of Countesthorpe where WB lived, his VC hung in the cottage homes in a memorial to the men who lived there, along with a DCM to Frank Billington, see below