Leonard Charles Brownlie was born at Gayton, Cheshire on the born 20th April 1892 and baptised on the 25th June at Heswall Hill Wesley Methodist Chapel, the son of John Brownlie and Hannah (nee Clark) of Gleggs Arms, Gayton.
 
He had two older brothers - Gordon James who was born at 37 James Street, Liverpool on the 20th July 1888 and was baptised at St.Cuthbert's C.of E. Church, Everton and John Mason who was born at Gayton on the 7th January 1890 and baptised on the 28th July 1890 at the same Methodist Chapel as Leonard.
 
Their parents were married on the 24th July 1887 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Edge Hill.
 
1891 Census - Glegg Arms, Gayton Village - Parents John and Hannah with children Gordon – aged 2, and Mason age 1 ( Last name transcribed as Browness on FMP and as Browntis on Ancestry)  
 
Leonard's father, who was a publican, died at the Glegg Arms on the 19th March 1897, aged 39, and was buried at Heswall. His brother, John Mason, died in March 1899, aged 10, and was also buried at Heswall.
 
1901 Census - Dee View Road, Heswall cum Oldfield, Wirral - Hannah Brownlie (Widow) with children John born Gayton 1890 and Leonard C Brownlie born Gayton 1893. 
 
In 1905 Leonard's mother married Arthur Lavender Richardson, a widower from Cambridgeshire who was a butcher by trade, in the West Derby registration district. Arthur and Hannah had two children together, Drusilla Richardson (b 1906) and Fred Fryer Richardson (b 1908)
 
1911 Census - 38 Hertford Road, Bootle - Arthur L Richardson and wife Hannah with Arthur's children from his previous marriage, Arthur Richardson and Maud Richardson, his stepsons John M Brownlie and Lenerd Brownlie, and children Drusilla and Fred.
 
Leonard Brownlie was an Insurance Clerk in 1911.
Leonard enlisted in the Liverpool Pals at Liverpool. His service records have not survived but his medal card shows he was posted overseas with his battalion on the 7th November 1915.
 
He and two of his comrades Charles Edwin Harvey and Rhys Roberts  were accidentally killed on the 14th January 1916. All three were buried at Maricourt Military Cemetery but after the war their remains, along with those of more than 250 other British soldiers, were removed to Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery for re-burial.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 28th January 1916. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
ONE OF THE LIVERPOOL "PALS."
PTE. LEONARD C. BROWNLIE,
Of the 1st City Batt. King's Liverpool Regiment, was killed whilst in action in France on January 14th, by the accidental explosion of a bomb which was being prepared for discharge at the enemy. Two of his comrades shared a similar fate, and it took nine hours to convey the bodies from the spot where the accident happened to the Battalion's headquarters threequarters of a mile in the rear. Pte. Brownlie was formerly in business in Liverpool, and resided with his mother, Mrs. Richardson, at 24, Cambridge-road, Bootle.

Bootle Times 28th January 1916

 
His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
 
His family lived at 26 Burwen Drive, Orrell Park after the war.