Lt Leslie Gladstone Shiner RAF


Brother of G L O Shiner

1898 May 28 Born Hockley, Staffordshire. Leslie was baptised on June 12th 1898 as Leslie Gladstone Shiner, at All Saints' Church, Hockley. (IGI).

1901 census at 63, Headingley Road, Handsworth

1911 census at Major's Avenue Dartmouth

Student at Melrose Secondary School, Guernsey (from RAF Record)

1915 Jun 29. Enlisted at London. He described himself as the son of Elias of Dartmouth. He lived at Dartmouth and was aged 17 years and six months. In fact he was just seventeen and was technically a year below the minimum enlistment age of 18. He enlisted into the Royal Engineers as a trainee signaller with the number 103956 and the rank of Pioneer and became a wireless operator (learner).

1916 Aug 13. Landed in France and transferred to a base signal depot British Expeditionary Force. From the base depot he would have been posted to a unit and a later entry showed he was with the 25th Divisional Signal Company Royal Engineers.

1917 Apr 16. He returned to the UK after he apparently applied for, or was recommended for, a commission and he left France to attend an Officer Cadet School at Gailes, Ayrshire, Scotland. He trained in "A" Company 9th Officer Cadet Battalion.

1917 Aug 29 In Cadet Battalion in Scotland

1917 Nov 28 Commissioned into a "service battalion" of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. ("London Gazette" August 6th 1918 page 9214).

1918 Nov 9 Attached to RAF

1919 MAr 3. Returned to unit. For whatever reason his RAF career came to a fast end after 4 months

1919 Jun 27 Promoted Lt with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment

His brother appears to have married a Russian and had a child, in Russia in 1919, then left his wife. The court record when he claimed compensation for his wounds, says he married a Russan when serving in Russia. The family believe that his brother Leslie also served in Russia in 1919. There are a few official marriages in Russia registers on GRO , but he does not appear, and I do not think that is a full list

1920 Dec 21 Relinquishes his commission and retains rank of Lt

1920 Oct 13. Joined the ADRIC with service no. No 709, and was posted to 'G' Company.

1921 Apr 17 Was involved in the Castleconnell incident

1921 May 5 to 20 May on Leave

1921 Aug 13 to 11 Sep on Leave

1921 Oct 12 to 25 Oct on Leave

1922 Jan 19. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 Oct/Dec married in Bristol to Marion E Hayes. They had six daughters and one son born between 1925 and 1936 in England. The family lived at 6, Clifton Hill, Bristol.

1924 Oct 17. In Bankruptcy Court


1926 Dec Discharged from bankruptcy

1936 Sep 4. The family sailed on SS "Moldavia" to Auckland, New Zealand with the stated country of permanent residence marked as New Zealand

1937 Nov 8. The family arrived at Southampton, England having sailed from Sydney, Australia, on SS "Largs Bay".

1939 Register. He is a retired Builders Merchant living at Fullaford House Bossell Road , Buckfastleigh with wife Marion

1940 Dec 18 Royal Artillery. To be Lt 133979 Leslie Gladstone Shiner

1941 Dec 24. Relinquishes his commission on grounds of ill health. Retains rank of Lt

1947 Jan. Leslie G Shiner of Fishponds, Bristol, sailed to Adelaide on "Empire Star" from Liverpool, via South Africa. Marion Shiner and the children of "St Bede's Vicarage, Fishponds, Bristol" followed, sailing to Sydney on "Largs Bay" departing London, England on May 24th 1947.

1985 Oct 7. Died South Australia (Ancestry Tree)



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