A Lad from Lincoln – Neil Bright 2005
Leonard James Keyworth was born in Lincoln on 12 April 1893. He was the son of a tailor, James and his wife, Emma. The couple also had a daughter, Lillie.
In his early years he attended the Rosemary Lane Wesleyan School and latterly The Municipal Technical School, both in Lincoln. Sports minded, he also was a keen footballer and cricketer. He was a member of the local YMCA and sang in the choir at the United Methodist Church in Silver Street, Lincoln. On leaving school he initially worked in the offices of a local engineering company, William Foster and Co, before become a clerk for a firm of solicitors, Messrs Burton, Scorer and White.
A twist of fate brought the young Leonard on the journey to win his Victoria Cross. At the outbreak of the Great War he immediately volunteered for the Lincolnshire Regiment, but was rejected. Undeterred, he and a pal travelled to London to seek entry into another regiment. The journey resulted in him joining the 1/24th Battalion of the London Regiment (The Queen’s) on 16 September 1914.