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World War 2 - Memorial

This page is dedicated to the memory of a single Old Boy who gave his life in World War II. The information given is as accurate as I can make it. If there are any anomalies in the information given, please let me know at

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Leslie Francis Clarke

Photograph of Leslie Francis Clarke in the 1st. XV Rugby team 1936-37 Photograph of Leslie Francis Clarke in the Boxing Club 1938-39 Photograph of Leslie Francis Clarke in the 1st. XI Cricket Team 1939
Leslie Francis Clarke - 1st. XV Rugby Team - 1936-37 Leslie Francis Clarke - Boxing Club - 1938-39 Leslie Francis Clarke - 1st. XI Cricket Team - 1939
Date of Birth 23rd. May 1923 Place of Birth Chester
Date of Death 15th March 1944 Age at Death 20
Father Edward Francis Clarke Mother Elizabeth Clarke (Davies)
Parents Married Place Parents Married Date
Started BI Summer 1934 (Westminster) Left BI Summer 1940
Regiment Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit 51 Sqdn.
Service Number 134715 Rank Flying Officer
Aircraft Mark 111 Aircraft Code MH-W
Aircraft Type Halifax Aircraft Serial LW497
Joined Regiment 6th June 1943 Circumstance of Death See below
Cemetery Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany Grave Location 4. F. 6.
Commemorated Memorial Location
Notes - Victor Ludorum 1939. School Certificate (1939), Colours 1st. XV., Colours 1st. XI. Cricket, Captain of Boxing Club, Captain of Westminster House.

Circumstance of Death. Shot down by flak approaching the target Stuttgart 15th March 1944.

Les flew 23 operational missions between 3rd July 1943 and 15th March 1944 inclusive, his pilot on that fatal night was S/L L H Eno DSO DFC, a Canadian, sadly he perished too, only the navigator and the second pilot (trainee) bailed out successfully.

Information provided by his cousin Alan Davies, September 2022

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