To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”



2nd Lieutenant

Leslie Ernest Coleman

Military Medal


1913 May 1st - Born



1938 - Enlisted in Territorial Army

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

1941 October 4th - Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant

48/21st Light Anti-Aircraft (Buffers Guns) Royal Artillery

1941 December 7th - Sailed from Gourock on the ‘Duchess of Athol’

Duchess of Athol -01

1942 January 13th - Changed ships at Durban to ‘HMT Dunera’ and sailed with convoy DM2.

1942 February 3rd - Docked at Tanjong Priok Harbour, Java

HMT Dunera

1942 March 8th - Captured Java by Japanese

Transported to Singapore

Transported to Jesselton, Borneo

1943 April- Transported to Sandakan

1943 August - Moved from Sandakan to Kuching

1945 March 25th - Seniority to Lieutenant

1945 August 15th - Liberated at Batu Lintang Camp, Borneo.




Age 40

1955 December


Leslie was with Peter Lee (RAF Supply Officer), below is a link to Peter’s testimony.


''Our Thanks are for being a Chapter in Life.''




Keeping The Candle Burning


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