HARPER, Leslie

Rank: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
824792
Died : 
Wednesday, July 14, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
25
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Sergeant Leslie Harper 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Leslie Harper was killed during operations at Agnone and 3 Commando Bridge. [1]+[2].

 

Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Saturday 28 August 1943.

"Commando Killed In Action :-  Mr. and Mrs. S. Harper, 66 Broadway, Blackpool, have received intimation that their son, Sergt. Leslie Harper, of a Commando unit, was killed in action against paratroops in Sicily on July 13."
 
"Sgt. Harper was born in West Hartlepool and was educated at West Hartlepool Secondary School.  After leaving school he made boxing his main hobby. He was a cousin of Jack London, the well-known heavyweight. Commando Harper served throughout the Battle of France and had also taken part in raids. As a boxer he was the Scottish Western district amateur middleweight champion." [3]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
[3] Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail / British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
Image © Johnston Press plc.
 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
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