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Dunmore, Leslie Allan (Engels)

  • Born 13-02-1924 in Sydenham.
  • Deceased 13-05-1943 in Rossum – 19 years.
  • Parents John Harry and Leah May Dunmore nee Rose from Sydenham, Lewisham, England.

106e Squadron – Royal Air Force. Sergeant (airgunner) Volunteer Reserve  –  Service nr. 1320264

Leslie grew up in a big family at Sydenham. His father was a car salesman, he passed away in 1944.

At the age of 17 he joined the Royal Air Force, based in Oxford. After that he completed different courses to become a gunner in Hereford, Dalcross, Scampton and Wigsley. From March 1943 he was part of the 106e squadron at Syerston. In a time span of two months he was part of 11 bombings in Germany and Italy.

In April 1946 his mother asked the mayor of Weerselo for information. Her son had been missing since 13-14 May 1943 and is said to have been buried in Rossum, but his name was unknown here. It was not until December 1946 that the victim previously identified as Ratcliff was actually Leslie Dunmore.

His family often visit his grave. His brother Eric and his son Leslie visited in 1996.

Buried: R.K. Begraafplaats in Rossum.

Awarded with the War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the Europe Star.

Text on grave: ‘We lived in hope, dear; we prayed in vain that we might see you home again.’