Leslie Victor HARRIS
Able Seaman Leslie Victor HARRIS (C/JX 186836), aged 23, lost at sea 15th February 1941, in the North Atlantic, he has no grave and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. In 1940 Leslie survived the beaches at Dunkirk when he was one of the naval personnel assigned as crew aboard one of the "little" ships.
He and Stanley Roy HARRIS were the sons of William Henry and Minnie HARRIS of Southall, Middlesex and were two of my father's elder brothers.
William, whilst not born there, grew up in Hook Norton from the age of 2, this being the village where his father Henry HARRIS was born.
Stanley Roy HARRIS
Segeant Stanley Roy HARRIS (1256507), aged 30, 12 Sqdn. RAFVR, navigator on Lancaster shot down on the night of 3rd/4th February 1945 whilst on a raid to bomb a benzol plant at Bottrop. He is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
For the sake of completeness the full crew of Stanley's Lancaster were:
|PILOT||Flying Officer John Llewelyn WALTERS RAAF (Aus/426931) (killed)|
|CREW||Sergeant James Moffatt GIBB (flight engineer) (1825597) (killed)|
|Sergeant Stanley Roy HARRIS (navigator) (1256507) (killed)|
|Flight Sergeant William BLYTH (observer) (1250558) (killed)|
|Pilot Officer Keith Oswald LANGHAM RAAF (Aus/432823) (killed)|
|Flight Sergeant Cyril BUTLER (mid-upper gunner) (1596394) (killed)|
|Sergeant Harry BOULDING (rear-gunner) (1686053) (killed)|