Leonard Kempenphelt Holding was born at Eastham, Cheshire on the 29th October 1895 and was baptised on the 22nd November in the parish of Eastham. His father was a Lock Keeper at Eastham Locks at the time of Leonard's birth.
 
He was the son of William Benjamin Holding and Sarah Elizabeth Agnes (nee Fox) who were married in 1889 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Liscard.
 
1901 Census - 27 Percy Street, Bootle cum Linacre - Parents William B and Sarah E Holding with children William B, Agnes S, Bertha A, Leonard K and Thomas H. Holding.
 
1911 Census - 58 Cowper Street, Bootle - Parents William Benjamin and Sarah Elizabeth Agnes Holding (Married 22 years with 12 children born and 11 still alive) and William Benjamin, Agnes Saldina, Bertha Alice, Leonard Kempenfelt, Beatrice, Thomas Harry, Jane Isobel, Albert Edward, Arthur John, Sarah Emily and George Robert Holding. 
 
Leonard was a messenger for a refrigeration company in 1911. He was a dock labourer when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Division on the 17th September 1914.
 
He served with the Drake Battalion from the 3rd November 1914 until he was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 2nd July 1915. His parents were living at 344 Marsh Lane Bootle at the time of his death.
 
His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Evening Express on the 26th July 1915 and in the Bootle Times on the 30th July 1915.
 
ONE OF THE DRAKE BATTALION.
   Leonard R. Holding, who resided at 344, Marsh-lane, Bootle, joined the Royal Naval Division and went out to the Dardanelles with the Drake Battalion, where he recently gave his life for his country. He was educated at Salisbury-rd. Council School, and was working for the Pacific Line when he joined the Naval Division in September. He was only 19 years of age. An out and out physical culturist he occupied his spare time boxing and indulging in other exercises. His letters from the front were always cheerful and never mentioned the fighting or hardships he must have endured, and in his last letter he wrote: "This life suits me to a T." Private Holding attended the Marsh-lane P.S.A. up to the time of going away. He had been out at the Dardanelles about five months.

Evening Express 26th July 1915

Leonard was remembered on the family gravestone at St.Mary's C.of E. graveyard, Bootle. However, St.Mary's Church was destroyed in the Blitz of May 1941 and the graveyard was converted into a public garden in 1959-1960. The monumental inscriptions were copied before the gravestones were grassed over.
 
 
In Loving Memory of
LEONARD K. HOLDING
The beloved son of
Wm. B. & AGNES HOLDING
who was killed near the Dardanelles
while serving with Royal Navy Division
July 2nd 1915 aged 19 years
He lived a noble life, died a noble death,
And lies in a warriors grave
In the midst of life we are in death.
 
Also SARAH EMMALINE, sister of the above
died 3rd Feb. 1900 aged 1 year & 10 months
 
Also EMMALINE, niece of he above
died 21st March 1915 aged 16½ months
In Jesus keeping.