The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

Edmonds, Leslie George Bert (1925 – 1945); William George (1898 – 1945); Ethel Maud (1898 – 1945)


 
Grave Number 1072

Leslie was born in Woolwich in the second quarter of 1925. Both his parents had previously lived in Berkhamsted but his father, William Cyril George, joined the Metropolitan police and moved to London. He married Ethel Maude Chapman in Berkhamsted on 29 September 1923 and the couple set up home in Woolwich.

Leslie was 14 when war broke out. In 1943 at the age of 18 he volunteered for the RAF and was given the service number 1891523 (1). His father and paternal grandfather had both served in the first world war. He became a Sergeant and commenced training as an Air Gunner, which would have taken over a year to complete. He was trained at the 11 Air Gunnery School which was based at Andreas on the Isle of man. This unit had formed in May 1943 to give instruction over the Irish Sea with relative safety, initially using Avro Ansons and Miles Martinets before gradually dropping the latter type and also flying some Supermarine Spitfires and Vickers Wellingtons.

Leslie must have had a break from training because on the morning of the 26th February 1945 he was at his parent’s house, 44 Duncroft Road, Plumstead. At 0910 hours a V2 rocket fell on 42-44 Duncroft Road, killing 13 and injuring 87. Leslie and his parents died in the explosion, Leslie was an only child. His parents are both buried in Woolwich Cemetery and are mentioned as civilian deaths on the Commonwealth War Graves site. Leslie was 19 years old and is buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery. At the time of his death his maternal grandparents lived at 3 Station Road. He is not listed on the Berkhamsted town war memorial.

 

1 1890001 to 1899799 Jan 1943 Euston – His RAF number indicates that he joined at Euston in 1943.


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