George, Lieutenant Leslie Eden

Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School, RAF

Leslie George was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was 23 and working as a Photographer in Manly NSW, when he joined the 7th Light Horse at Menangle Park NSW on 15 March 1916. He left Sydney on HMAT A13 Katuna on 23 November and disembarked in Egypt in January 1917, where he almost immediately transferred to the AFC and was sent to the UK for flying training. He was commissioned in November and promoted to Lieutenant in March 1918. However, as a pilot, Lt George suffered from air sickness when performing the manoeuvres needed in a single seater, and it was recommended that he fly more sedate two seater aircraft. He was posted to the RAF’s Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School for familiarisation with the RE 8.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Worthy Down on 12 May 1918 while flying RE 8 C2473. The RE 8 was seen to make a flat left turn before stalling and crashing; the Court of Enquiry found that there was insufficient evidence to determine the cause of the accident. Airmen Died in the Great War incorrectly indicates that Lt George and 2Lt J S W Lord, who was also killed at the School on 12 May, were flying in the same aeroplane.

Lt G Leslie is buried in Hurley (All Saints) Church Cemetery, Hampshire.

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