Primrose, Lieutenant Leslie John

No 2 Sqn AFC

Leslie Primrose was born in Ballarat, Victoria, on 14 May 1890, and was a School Teacher in Bendigo, with 4 years’ service in the 7th Infantry Battalion of the AMF, when he joined the 10th Infantry Battalion on 2 August 1915. After enlistment, he was sent to Sergeants’ School and then commissioned in June 1916 after service in training units. In December 1916 he transferred to the AFC and then departed from Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah on 17 January 1917. After arrival in the UK he underwent flying training, which included a crash in September, and was promoted to Lieutenant in October before being posted to No 2 Sqn in France in February 1918.

On 4 April, when flying SE 5a B187, he was credited with a victory over an Albatros D-type east of Villers-Brettoneux. On the same day he was forced to land in D214 when his oil tank was shot through and his engine seized. Two days later, again in B187, he shared credit for a two-seater near Lamotte. He crashed in B196 on 28 May due to an air pressure failure. On 1 June, flying D6860, he was credited with a Pfalz out of control over Chuignes.

He was killed in an aircraft accident on 4 June 1918 while flying SE 5a C5441; the aeroplane crashed while Lt Primrose was ‘contour chasing’ (the contemporary term for very low flying) when returning from a patrol.

Lt L J Primrose is buried in Grave 53 at Catenoy French National Cemetery, France.

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