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Leonard de Lona  Christopher

Leonard de Lona Christopher

Male 1883 - 1915  (31 years)


  • Name Leonard de Lona Christopher  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 21 Oct 1883  Mansfield House, Iver Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5
    Education abt 1896 - 1901  Wellington College, Crowthorne Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Education abt 1901 - 1903  Sandhurst Find all individuals with events at this location ; Royal Military College  [5
    Residence Mar 1901  79 Madeley Rd, Ealing Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • with grandfather
    Occupation 1904 - 1915  Army Officer  [1, 2, 5
    • Jan 1904 - Mar 1905: North Staffordshire Regt;
      Mar 1905 - Apr 1915: 40th Pathans.
      In India until Aug 1914, then in France and Flanders.
    Post/Rank/Title 09 Jan 1913  Captain  [5
    Marriage 04 Jun 1913  St Mary the Virgin, East Barnet Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7
    Edith Marian Bulman,   b. 16 Nov 1875, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 May 1962, Three Ways, 18 Woodside Avenue, North Finchley Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 26 Apr 1915  St Jean, Ypres, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Killed in action  [1, 2, 5, 8
    • Christopher, Leonard de Lona. Captain, 40th Pathans, Indian Army. Died 26 Apr 1915 aged 31. Son of Maj. Gen. L. W. Christopher, C.B., and Mrs. Florence Christopher, of Brook House, Camberley; husband of Edith Christopher, of Trevor Hall, East Barnet. [CWGC]
    Burial 26 Apr 1915  St Jean, Ypres, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 5
    • Buried at a farm three-quarters of a mile north-east of the village of St Jean. Grave later lost. Commemorated on Menin Gate, Ypres (Panel 2).
    Probate 25 Sep 1915  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 235  [9
    Notes 
    • Christopher Leonard de Lona, 40th Pathans, Indian Army, elder s. of Major-General Leonard William Christopher, C.B., Indian Army (retired), of Harcourt House, Camberley, by his wife , Florence, 4th dau. of the late Major-Gen. Charles Stuart Lane, C.B., and grandson of the late Major-Gen. Leonard Raisbeck Christopher; b. Mansfield, Iver Heath, co. Bucks, 21 Oct. 1883; educ. Wellington College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the North Staffordshire Regt. then in India 9 Jan 1904; was promoted Lieut. 2 March, 1905, being the same month transferred to the Indian Army and posted to the 40th Pathans. He obtained his company 9 Jan 1913; was Adjutant 12 April, 1911, to April 1915, and took part in the operations in the Mohmand country (medal with clasp), 1908. On the outbreak of the European War he came home with his regt., served in France and Flanders, and was killed in action in the Second Battle of Ypres, 26 April, 1915; buried in a farm three-quarters of a mile north-east of the village of St, Jean. His colonel wrote: "The regt. was in the first line of attack, and had to cross over open ground for over 1,000 yards under fearful fire of machine guns and shells, both front and flank. . . . A native officer of ours near him loosened his belt for him, and Chris said 'Mehrbani' and died. . . . He performed his duty nobly to the end. " And a brother officer: "He was dearly loved in the regt. and died a very gallant death at the head of his men, and helped to make the regt. he loved so well famous in that reckless charge." Capt. Christopher m. at East Barnet, co. Herts, 4 June, 1913, Edith Marian, 4th dau. of Albert Robinson Bulman, of Trevor Hall, East Barnet, co. Herts, late of Indian Civil Service. [De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918]
    • Nameless Heroes. To the Editor, The Times.
      Sir, The letter of 'Eye-witness' published in The Times to-day speaks of the 'gallantry of a battalion of Pathans' at Ypres and of 'one of their British officers' being hit four times before he died. May I lift the veil? The 40th Pathans, not unknown as 'The Forty Thieves,' recently arrived at the Front from Hong Kong, in a state of the highest efficiency. They had a desperate business to tackle and in their night attack over open ground, Captain Dalmahoy fell after being wounded six times - the bravest of the brave. Captain Christopher fell in the same grand way. Major Perkins died of his wounds. Nearly all the British officers were killed or wounded. Captain Waters is lying in hospital with a bullet through his brain. Only one captain and three subalterns remained with the regiment. Captain Walters recently had five days' leave from the trenches and devoted one of them to a village recruiting meeting. He may recover. Subadars Gehandad Khan and Jen Kukkor were killed. The men are in fine spirits after their ordeal - proud of the worthy part of the 'izzat' they have earned, and ready for another slap at the enemy, when reinforced. The 40th Pathans have made good.
      I am, Sir, Your obedient Servant, Arnold White. Windmill Cottage, Farnham Common. 6th May, 1915.
    Person ID I2628  Tatham | Christopher branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 03 Dec 2012 

    Father Leonard William Christopher,   b. 22 Jan 1848, Punjab Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1927, Norton, London Rd, Camberley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Florence Lane,   b. 17 Jun 1859, Simla, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1938, Norton, London Rd, Camberley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Marriage 26 Sep 1878  Simla, India Find all individuals with events at this location   [10, 11, 12
    Notes 
    • BMD marriages index Leonard WIlliam Christopher marr Isabel Cobb reg Wimborne 1Q1907, nothing to do with him
    Family ID F0670  Family Group Sheet

    Family Edith Marian Bulman,   b. 16 Nov 1875, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 May 1962, Three Ways, 18 Woodside Avenue, North Finchley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Marriage 04 Jun 1913  St Mary the Virgin, East Barnet Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7
    • Captain Christopher and Miss Bulman. The wedding took place on Wednesday at the parish church, East Barnet, of Captain Leonard de Lona Christopher, 40th Pathans, elder son of Major-General L W Christopher, CB, of Harcourt House, Camberley, and Edith, daughter of Mr A R Bulman, ICS (retired), of Trevor Hall, East Barnet. The bride wore a dress of pale cream brocade and carried a sheaf of lilies. Mr H Finnis, 53rd Sikhs, was best man. The reception afterwards was a small one owing to recent mourning. The bride and bridegroom left later for the North. [The Times]
    Notes 
    • Simmons family tree names daughter Hazel b abt 1910, marr Frank Finnis b abt 1905: duplication with her aunt Hazel b Punjab abt 1887
    Last Modified 03 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F0673  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 21 Oct 1883 - Mansfield House, Iver Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1896 - 1901 - Wellington College, Crowthorne Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Royal Military College - abt 1901 - 1903 - Sandhurst Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - 79 Madeley Rd, Ealing Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 04 Jun 1913 - St Mary the Virgin, East Barnet Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 04 Jun 1913 - St Mary the Virgin, East Barnet Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Killed in action - 26 Apr 1915 - St Jean, Ypres, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 26 Apr 1915 - St Jean, Ypres, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 235 - 25 Sep 1915 - London Link to Google Earth
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    Leonard de Lona Christopher (1883-1915)
    Leonard de Lona Christopher (1883-1915)

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    2. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 17

    4. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Eton, 4Q1883.

    5. [S07] Other Sources, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918.

    6. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Barnet, 2Q1913.

    7. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 06 Jun 1913.

    8. [S05] The Times, death notice, 01 May 1915.

    9. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    10. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Christopher family website.

    11. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      married 32 yrs

    12. [S62] The Family of Christopher and some others.