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S/2589   Private John Leslie
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 22/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Highland Light Infantry) (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/02/1893
Died: 25/09/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
John Leslie was a son of Robert and Margaret Leslie. John was born on 1st February 1893 in Castledawson, Magherafelt. The family moved to Antrim around 1898. His father was a linen weaver. Both John and his sister, like their father, were employed as linen weavers. Private John Leslie was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders when he was killed in action in France on Saturday 25th September 1915. By 1916 the family have moved back to Magherafelt.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Loos Memorial
  Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 112-115
CWGC Casualty 734093
Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 kilometres north-west of Lens, and Dud Corner Cemetery is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, to the north-east of the N943, the main Lens to Bethune road.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 2 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 61
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Leslie family 1901 census lists John as age 7 living with the family at house 13 in Townparks, Antrim Urban, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Leslie family 1911 census lists John as age 18 living with the family at house 76 in Riverside Street, Antrim Urban, Antrim
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private John Leslie
4 Castledawson War Memorial Photo and note mentioning John Leslie
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023