John Avery Heritage
Member Southampton Heritage Federation
 Sharing local history with the community
In 1967 the Queen Mary set off on her final voyage to Longbeach, California. This watercolour by Eric Crompton records the farewell.A stone carving on the RSH Hospital Chapel.An afternoon stroll on Plymouth Breakwater
John Avery is a Fellow of the Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland, a member of Southampton
Heritage Federation, City of Southampton Society [Honorary Life Member], Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [Honorary Life Member],  Friends of  Town Quay Park, National Federation of Cemetery Friends, The Southampton Fryatt Plaque, Devon Family History Society, West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust , Landmark Trust, National Trust
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Alan G.K. Leonard [1922 - 2019]

Sadly we lost Alan on 26th July 2019. Alan was a rich source of local history and had written many books on Southampton. He was a vice president of Bitterne LHS, Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery and Friends of RSH Hospital Chapel. Alan wrote several books on the history of Southampton such as More Stories of Southampton Streets: Another Collection of the Fascinating Stories Behind Their Names and Their Development, Southampton Memorials of Care for Man and Beast etc. He contributed articles to the Plymouth Herald and the Southampton Echo and enjoyed sharing his research with his friend and fellow author John Edgar Mann who wrote the Tom Bargate column. Alan was a  regular contributor to the Journal of Southampton Local History Forum [now defunct] which used to meet in the lecture theatre. His research and article on Captain Fryatt stirred Geoff Watts and I to join up with the Fryatt family to place a memorial plaque at Holyrood.

Alan went to university at Oxford and studied Modern History. During WWII he served in the Army and on demob he took employment in London as a school teacher and later at a Fleet Street news agency.He then took a post in council administration at Plymouth then Tyneside before transferring to Southampton. He undertook a series of projects on educational administration and began the task of bringing local history subjects to our attention supplemented by his growing collection of local picture postcards. Alan was one of the local experts on the range of cards by F.G.O Stuart.I helped in clearing Stuart’s grave at the Old Cemetery and we took Alan to see the result. We had arranged for another collector from Bristol to be there, it was very rewarding to see them so connected to Stuart.

Alan was always helpful when local societies or researchers looked to him for advice and his books and articles were mainstay research in our libraries.

John Avery


snowfall Southampton Old Cemetery courtesy FoSOCSeamen's strike at Southampton 1966Royal Blues at Bournemouth c 1949 photo by Derek Amey local historians Jim Brown and John Avery deep in thought. Image Ann MacGillivray Veronica Tippetts addressing Court Leet Oct 2nd 2012. Image Will TempleJohn Melody Southampton Town Crier at Court Leet 2012. Image Will Temple