BARLOW Leslie Charles Jackson
Regiment : 82nd Squadron Royal Air Force
Service number : L0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 18th June 1918 aged 20
Buried : Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France, Grave II. AA. 4.
Birthplace : Stourbridge
Relatives : Son of John Henry and Fanny Elizabeth Barlow, of Oatlands, Romsley, Halesowen, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge King Edward VI Grammar School WW1 Memorial.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. School records courtesy of King Edward VI school archives, researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Leslie Barlow was born on 8th January 1898. He entered Form I as a Day Scholar at King Edward VI Grammar School on 17th January 1906. At the time of his admission to the school his father is recorded as J.H. Barlow, a Commercial Traveller and the family resided at Granta, South Road, Stourbridge. Leslie had previously been educated at Wollaston Road (Elementary) School. He left King Edward VI Grammar School from Form V on 28th July 1914 and took employment as an Auctioneer’s Pupil.
From King Edward VI Grammar School war record booklet:
Formerly Sub-Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service. Killed in action near Amiens.
Leslie Barlow attended Stourbridge Grammar School from 1906 to 1914 and was a member of the New Road United Methodists. He trained as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and served in the newly formed Royal Air Force. He was involved in the crucial stage of the 1918 campaign when the Allies went over to the attack after the long retreats of March and April. The attack at Amiens on the 8th August marked the beginning of the six months advance to victory. Aircraft were closely involved in this advance and it is possible that his aircraft was brought down at Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, which was the focus of the opening attack.