Leslie Victor London

Leslie is listed on the War Memorial as one of those who gave his life during the First World War.

Leslie was born in May 1895 at Martham to Ann Elizabeth London. He was raised by his grandparents at Gibbet Hill on the Hemsby Road where he appeared in the 1901 and 1911 census returns. His grandparents were John & Sarah London and they worked on the land. Leslie was also a farm labourer by the time he was 15.

He signed up for military service on 3rd June 1915 with the 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Known as Private 328175 he saw action in France between 26th October 1916 and 2nd October 1917. Sadly, he caught TB and was discharged from the Army on 7th November 1917 as he was no longer fit for service.  He never really recovered and died on 5th July 1918.  He is buried in the graveyard at St Mary the Virgin section H, plot D17 and he is recorded on the Martham War Memorial.

He was commemorated by the Riders’ Branch of the Royal British Legion when they came to Martham in July 2017.

Leslie’s gravestone at St Mary’s
War Memorial east side

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