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Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, 48th Squadron.

Killed in action, 11th April 1917.

Remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, France.

Student of architecture.


 

Leslie was born in 1896 at Croydon, the youngest son of Arthur W.H. and Alice Lovell. He was schooled at Wadham House School in Hale and Bowden College joining Manchester University in 1913 to train as an architect.

Leslie enlisted with the 21st Battalion (U.P.S.) Royal Fusiliers on 29th September 1914, went to France in November 1915 and was commissioned  to the Royal Flying Corps in August 1916. In April 1917 he returned to France to serve as an observer. On the 11th of that month his aircraft, part of a four strong patrol of Bristol F2a’s, came under attack from German aircraft and was shot down. Initially reported missing a message dropped from a German aeroplane confirmed that he had died. At the time his mother was also in France running a hospital.