Young, Leslie

Son of Christopher Young (a Professor of Music) and Laura Young of 4 Richmond Gardens, Highfield, Southampton.

He joined the Royal Flying Corps directly as an officer cadet on 11th June 1917, and was sent to South Farnborough airfield for initial training, transferring on 4th July to Winchester, presumably Worthy Down. He was on the move again on 24th August, to “SMA” (probably Stow Maries Aerodrome, near Maldon). He was commissioned as a probationary Second Lieutenant on the General List on 11th October 1917.

Two days later he was posted to South Carlton, Lincolnshire for further training before moving to Northumberland. He was made a Flying Officer on 10th March 1918 and on 1st April became a member of the newly formed Royal Air Force. He was posted to Marske School of Aerial Fighting and Gunnery in Yorkshire in June 1918, and finally went overseas on 19th June 1918, being posted to 25 Squadron, a DH4 Squadron serving on the western front and based at Ruisseauville.

On 4th October 1918, whilst out on his own in a DH4 east of Cambrai, he was attacked by a large force of enemy aeroplanes, of which he is alleged to have brought down four before being brought down himself and killed. He was nineteen. He was posted as missing with his death finally being confirmed in May 1919.

Young’s older brother, who was not a Quirister or at Winchester, Lieutenant Christopher Young, was also in the RAF, serving with 55 Squadron, performing daylight bombing raids over Germany. He was killed, aged 27, on July 20th 1918 and is buried in the Niederzwehren Cemetery.

Both brothers are commemorated on the Highfield War Memorial in Southampton.


War: World War 1

  • Surname: Young
  • Forenames or initials: Leslie
  • House: Quirister
  • Years in School: 1908-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant (Flying Officer)
  • Regiment: Royal Air Force
  • Date of Birth: 12th March 1899
  • Date of Death: 4th October 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G6
  • Decoration: NA