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and a Jones cousin. His occupation is butcher. William had 2 brothers Charles Washburn Hellard, born 1891 and John Naish Hellard born 1893. There is no record of the family in the 1901 census in Brecon except for grandmother Sarah and grandson Charles living at Moderator Wharf.

In 1911, the family, including grandmother Sarah were living in Lansdowne Terrace. Willie's father is listed at the post office Brecon and working as a night telephone operator.

Willie joined the army in October 1917, when he is listed as a timber haulier, living at the Cock and Horse Inn, 49, The Watton. His father at the same address is listed as next of kin.  He initially joined the Young Soldiers Battalion of the Welch Regiment, being not quite 18 years old, though he soon transferred to the main regiment, joining the 9th Battalion.

Previously a trooper he gained his promotion to lance corporal on the day he died. Leonard's motorcycle was in collision with a lorry and he suffered fatal injuries. An inquest was held and returned a verdict of accidental death.

A full military funeral was held in Welshpool and was attended by Leonard's father and his brother who was serving in a Canadian cavalry regiment.

Private William Mostyn Hellard

Welsh Regiment 9th Battalion, service no. 58071

Died 29th September 1918, aged 18

Buried Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France

Willie was born in Brecon to John and Sarah Ann (Annie) Hellard on 13th October 1898 and living at 35, The Watton. His father, John, was

listed as a grocer.

Willie's father John was born in Wells, Somerset but by the age of 14 in 1881, was living in 8, Moderator Terrace Street, Brecon with his parents and two sisters.  By 1891 John had married Sarah Ann Jones and was living at 37, The Watton, with his father in law