Leonard Instone



Born: September Quarter Aston 1887 ~ Died: July Quarter 1960

Occupation: Telegrapher, Cowboy, Lumberjack,
Sergeant 1139, D Company 17 Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment,
Sergeant 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment,
Clerk at the Ministery of Health

Married: Elsie Morris 1/7/1894 ~ 8 December 1915 ~ Carrs Lane Chapel Birmingham


Worked as a telegraph messenger (perhaps for his father) in 1901 aged 13 and then drifted for a while before going off to America and talking himself into a meeting with John D Rockefellow of Esso Standard Oil Company where he was found a job as a cowboy. He then went to Canada where he got a job as a lumberjack where he entered into a disagreement with another lumberjack out there who settled the argument by embedding an axe into his shoulder leaving him permanently scarred; when he returned to England and lived in Moseley he got great pleasure from showing it off to anyone who was interested; he used to pop in regularly and see Gladys Jinks (his nieces mother-in-law) who lived nearby in Salisbury Road.

On 8 December 1915 whilst living at Newton Street he married Elsie Morris (the daughter of Richard Atley Morris a confectioner) whilst still in the Royal Warwickshire Training Regiment and had a daughter Winnie and a son Leonard Richard Thomas born 14 October 1916 at 244 Broad Street, Aston; G. Instone was present at the birth (from 268 St Vincent Road), probably her sister-in-law (Lewis' widow) who was a midwife. At the time of Leonard juniors birth Leonard was in active service but by the time his son was 6 months old he was home, discharged due to sickness.


From 1919-1921 he was living at 58 Park Hill Moseley moving to 898, Bristol Rd South (listed in the directories as a restaurant) by 1923 followed by 366 Sarholes Road, Hall Green (see picture below) where he was living in 1947 aged 50. He died aged 74 from a myocardial infaction, coronary occlusion and arteroschlerosis at his home at 84 Moorcroft Road, Moseley with Margery Elsie (his son Leonards wife) present at the death. After Leonard died Elsie went out to Australia to be with her daughter Winnie but returned to the UK before she died from Bronchopneumonia and renal failure in the Cottage Hospital at Ledbury on 29 August 1980.

Leonard (junior) married Marjorie and was in the Royal Artillery in WW2. When he came out he struggled to find a vocation (he joined the TA after leaving the forces). They moved around quite a lot running the Royal Oak in Ledbury until they moved to Cowes on the IOW. They never had children but she had 2 boys from a previous marriage called Kenneth Alfred and Michael Eric m.1 Murial Anne Potter. m.2 Nichola Wilksman who ran off with a man 12 years her junior.





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