1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of


23rd Signal Coy., Royal Engineers

who died on Friday, 21st May 1915.

Age 32.


War Graves Commission

    Casualty Details      368570  


Date of birth 15th May 1883.

Son of Alfred Boreham, of The Gore, Rayne. His Mother was Marianne but it is quite likely that she had died before the War. Alfred was a wheelwright and Marianne was a laundress. Leslie, the youngest, came from a very large family. His father was married first to Susannah, with whom he had Rose, Herbert, Frederick, Naomi, Julia, Ada and Sydney. By 1891, Alfred was married to Marrianne.

Leslie went to Rayne School, being admitted on 11th December 1889, leaving on 7th May 1897 to become an errand boy/assistant grocer.

Leslie Boreham enlisted in Liverpool, and at the time of his enlistment lived in Kendal in what is now Cumbria.
Memorial: Grave
Reference/Panel Number:

CANTERBURY CEMETERY, Kent, United Kingdom B. 309.

On the gravestone, there is engraved "He giveth his beloved sleep".

 Theatre of War

Sergeant Boreham died at Canterbury in Kent. Canterbury, like many towns in England had a large military hospital; it is possible that Sergeant Boreham died of his wounds which may have been sustained in the Battle of Ypres, which began in April 1915