Waite, Leslie (No. 3385342)

Waite, Leslie

Private

No. 3385342, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment     

Killed in action on Saturday 1 June 1940 (aged 23)

Buried:

Pihen-les-Guines War Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (Grave 2. B. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

Leslie Waite was born in Treorchy in the Rhondda Fawr Valley in South Wales and his birth was registered in the fourth quarter of 1917 in Pontypridd.  He was a son of Edwin and Mary Elizabeth (Ellen) Waite (nee Whittaker) who were married on 25 October 1911 in the Registrar’s Office in Bridgend, Glamorganshire.  Edwin Waite was a coal miner and he and Mary Ellen had eight children:

Albert Edwin (born 18 December 1911; died 1918)

Reginald George (born 2 February 1913; died 1971)

Doris (born 1914; died 1914)

Edith (born 1915; died 1915)

Leslie (born 1917)

Ada (born 1919)

Ethel (born 1924)

Lucie (born 1928; died 1928)

Edwin Waite enlisted in Wrexham on 27 October 1914; he joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers but was discharged soon thereafter on medical grounds.  Mary Ellen Waite died in 1952 and Edwin died in 1970.

In the 1930s Leslie Waite joined the East Lancashire Regiment and he was posted to Palace Barracks in Holywood.  It was while he was stationed there that he met Maureen Harriet Elizabeth Marshall from Holywood.  She was a daughter of Basil and Lizzie Marshall and she had four brothers.  Leslie Waite and Maureen Marshall were married on 20 December 1938 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Philip and St. James).

Their son, Leslie Edwin Marshall Waite, was born on 19 July 1939 and less than one year later his father was killed in action.

Maureen Waite later remarried, and she had three daughters – Victoria, Margaret, and Heather.

During the Second World War Leslie Waite served with the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment and he was 23 when he was killed in action in France on 1 June 1940 during the evacuation of Allied Forces at Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo, 27 May to 4 June 1940).

Private Leslie Waite (No. 3385342) was buried in Pihen-les-Guines War Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HE DIED THAT

WE MIGHT LIVE

Private Leslie Waite (No. 3385342) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial.