Dolley, Leonard, 68, Police Constable.

Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd January 1915


One of the victims of German bullets in the trenches in France on December 7 was Pte Leonard Ernest Dolley, of the Scots Guards, son of Mr F.T. Dolley, gardener, and Mrs Dolley, of 27 Keyfield Terrace, St Albans.

Pte Dolley joined the Scots Guards in London when he was 18, and had served three years, and was on the reserve when he joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary, and was stationed in Hertford when he was called up.  The first news of his death reached his parents in rather a roundabout way.  Pte Dolley had a sweetheart in London, and fighting alongside him in the trenches was a friend of this young lady’s friends, to whom he wrote, and the news eventually reached St Albans by this means.  Some weeks elapsed before official intimation of the sad occurrence arrived from the War Office.  Mr and Mrs Dolley have another son at the front, a gunner, in the Royal Artillery.

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  • Photos and story of Bertie Dolley – the gunner in the Royal Artillery – is on this site at

    By Hilary K (21/08/2014)