Leslie Alvin Sylvester Harris RAF

I think that my father could well have been the one 3rd from the left in the second row.

1899 Feb 22. (not 1897) Born Chiswick. London

1901 census in Lambeth

1911 census at Pleasant Villas, New Town, West Malling

1915 Nov 2. Landed in Gallipoli

1917 Dec 16 Commissioned 2nd Lt

RAF service record

1920 Married in Cairo to Marcelle Georges Fazallah Fayard

1920 Aug 31. Transferred to unemployed list.

1920 Oct 20. Joined ADRIC with service no 806. Posted to J Coy

1921 Jun 21. Posted to Depot Coy

1921 Jun 24 Fined £3 and a Days Pay by Commandant

1921 Jul 14 to 31 Jul onLeave

1921 Aug 13 to 12 Sep on Leave

1921 Aug 27. Posted to L Coy

1921 Oct 7 to Oct 20 on Leave

1922 Jan 20. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

After leaving Ireland he became a carpet salesman for a couple of years before becoming a salesman for Royal Dutch Shell in about 1925. He must have moved to Leeds about then.

1937 Feb 12. Passes Aviators Cert

1939 Register. Living at 75 Shop Street Lane , Leeds C.B., Yorkshire. Superintendent Distributors Petroleum Products

1939. Oct 3. Promoted Flying Officer. Leslie Alvin Sylvester HARRIS (73712)

During the war he was based at RAF Cardington at the assessment centre. He became a Squadron Leader and I believe he may have been in charge. I have one of those large photos taken at the time and he is in the centre front.

After the war he carried on working with Shell until retiring in 1955 when he bought a preparatory school, Upfield, in Stroud which he ran with my mother.

1980 Married in Hemel Hempstead to Diana Moring Hunter. He had left his first wife around 1939 when he re-joined the RAF, but never divorced her, and only re-married when she died.

1981 died in Stroud.