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POULTER, Leslie (1899-1980) – Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Corps

Lieutenant Leslie Poulter (1899-1980) moved to Wickhamford after his period of service in the war.

He was born in Stamford Hill, North London, the son of a printer.  He attended Kent College, Canterbury and Harper Adams Agricultural College before enlisting in the Royal Naval Air Corps in late 1917.  He trained at Vendome, France, in Cauldron GIII and Curtis aircraft before volunteering for service in seaplanes.  He went to train at Calshot, on Southampton Water on 31st March 1918, flying Wright seaplanes; as a Sub Lieutenant, he was posted, on 10th June 1918, to No 253 RNAS squadron, at Bembridge, Isle of Wight.  He flew sorties over the English Channel in various Short aircraft, mainly looking for German U-boats, and experienced several crash landings without injury.   On 11th November 1918, at 9 a.m., he flew out with an observer in a Short 9003, to patrol some 60 miles SE of St Catherines Point when engine failure forced him to land in the sea.   He sent an SOS by carrier pigeon and was picked up at 9 p.m., to be informed that the War had ended.   He was demobilised on 5th March 1919 and in later life became a fertilizer salesman for Fisons and settled in the Evesham area.  He lived at Wood Norton Lodge before the Second World War, then The Driffold on Pitchers Hill, before moving to Pitchers Hill Farm, Manor Road, Wickhamford in 1947.  He served in the Home Guard during the Second World War.