Name: RICHARDSON Leslie
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Regiment / Service: 303 Regiment, The Royal Artillery
Date of Death: 08.11.1944
Service No: 14551138
Cemetery: Imphal Military Cemetery, North East India.
CWGC Certificate: Leslie Richardson
Address or Parish: Knowle Green and Ribchester
Additional Info: Leslie Richardson was the second son of Robert and Sarah Richardson. Leslie was raised at 1 New Row Cottages, Knowle Green, before the family moved to Squire House in the late 1930's. Together with his three brothers and sister, he attended Knowle Green School.
Leslie became a Lance Bombardier in the Royal Artillery before sailing to Burma, via Suez and Kenya in 1944 and died of his wounds in Burma on the 8th November 1944. He was initially buried in the Moreh (Mintha Road) Cemetery in Burma, but later reburied in the Imphal Military Cemetery in India.
At the time of his death his girlfriend was Monica Dewhurst (now Mrs Singleton). She recalls the happy times, the walks, and bike rides, they had together before he was conscripted into the Army. She owns a silver heart shaped locket, inscribed with her name, that Leslie had intended to give her on his return and which had been found among his personal belongings after his death.
In 1995 five oak trees were planted in and around Ribchester to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ending of VE Day. One of these was dedicated to the memory of Leslie Richardson. The ceremony, led by the then Rector, Andrew Hindley, was part of a full day of celebrations and remembrances. A picture which we hope to show at a later date has a Bill Margerison and children from a local school planting a tree at St Wilfreds. Oak trees were also planted by Roy and Brian Fletcher in remembrance of their brother Edward and Bill Margerison and Tom Dugdale in remembrance of Leslie Richardson.
Thanks again to Roy Skilbeck
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