Private Leland John George Finch was first listed as serving in March 1916, and the following December his death was recorded as follows:
Leland John George Finch. 12th East Surrey Regiment. We have heard with much sorrow that Leland Finch was killed in action last September. He was always popular with his companions, and both at school and at his work was always considered from his studious nature and brightness to be sure of doing well. He was educated at Cobham School, and gained distinction there, amongst other things winning the Overseas Prize. On leaving school he was employed first at the Motor Works of Messrs. Dennis Bros., of Guildford and afterwards at the Abingdon Motor Works. He joined the Army last January, proceeding to France with his regiment in May. He was first reported missing in September, and news of his death has only just reached his anxious parents, to whom we express our deepest sympathy. RIP.
Although not mentioned in the parish magazine, Leland’s older brother, Royal Air Force Corporal Fenimore Victor Finch, had also died in service, a little over three months prior to Leland.
St Andrew’s, Stoke D’Abernon, Parish Magazines, March 1916 and December 1916, SHC Ref. 8909/8/1/4.