Williams, Leslie Frederick (No. 1281889)

Williams, Leslie Frederick (Leslie)

Leading Aircraftman

No. 1281889, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Accidentally drowned on Saturday 30 May 1942 (aged 22)


Wandsworth (Streatham) Cemetery, London (Block 12 Grave 596 Screen Wall Panel 6)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Leslie Frederick Williams’s birth was registered in the second quarter of 1920 in Wandsworth, London and his mother’s maiden name was Cole.

The death of Leading Aircraftman Leslie Frederick Williams was reported in the 6 June 1942 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Ards Drowning Tragedy – Airman’s Fatal Bathe.  The deceased was a native of London and while bathing in Lough Cowie (Cowey) between Kircubbin and Portaferry he got into difficulties.  He and two other airmen had gone out in a small boat and Leslie Williams was the first to jump in.  When he got into difficulties, LAC Sam Reilly jumped in to help him.  Sam was unable to hold him, and Leslie disappeared underwater.  His two friends called for help and a local man, William Sheridan, used a grappling hook to recover Leslie Williams’s body, some half-an-hour after he submerged.

Leading Aircraftman Leslie Frederick Williams (no. 1281889) was buried in Wandsworth (Streatham) Cemetery, London and his name is commemorated on a Second World War memorial panel in the Cemetery.