King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Humphries, Leslie Glendower

Second Lieutenant ▪ Royal Flying Corps

Leslie Glendower Humphries, born in Lichfield on 18th June 1898, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1910, having previously attended the Congregational School in Surrey and then Lonsdale House School. His father, John, was a retired corn dealer, and the family, including his mother, Sarah, his brother, John, and his sister, Myfanwy, lived at 69, Springfield Road, Kings Heath.

At School, Leslie was not an outstanding academic student, but he was a talented gymnast, winning a Gymnastics Medal in his first year at the School. After School, he worked as a bank clerk at Lloyds Bank, Leamington.

In September 1916, Leslie enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles, and in 1917 gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps. He took his Flying Certificate in a Maurice Farman Biplane at the Military School, Thetford, on 4th June 1917. On 16th September, he was killed, aged nineteen, while photographing over German lines in Flanders. He is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, and is commemorated on the Lloyds Bank Roll of Honour. Leslie left his estate of £182 to his father.