LING, Leslie Warner

No.5828526, Lance Sergeant, Leslie Warner LING
Aged 24

5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of Illness in Captivity on Sunday, 24th October 1943

Leslie Warner Ling was born on 29th April 1919 (Hackney Q2-1919 1B:450), son of Norman Warner and Eliza Amelia LING (née LING).
I have found no trace of a Norman LING, either in births, marriages or deaths, so quite possibly there have been transcription errors or that name was not used. However an Eliza Amelia LING born 22-6-1880 was living at Church Fields, Steeple Bumpstead in the 1939 register but she is recorded as single .The lack of evidence as to a marriage would suggest that this father was Norman WARNER

Leaving school he worked on a local farm. He was doing a correspondence course with the view to joining the Metropolitan police. He was also doing boxing training in his spare time and travelled to fairs to take part in boxing tournaments to earn a few shillings.

He married Mercy ROBSON (Halstead Q4-1941 4A:2671). Mrs M.LING was at Hall Villas, Helions Bumpstead on the Japanese records. Leslie was the brother in law of Bruce Robson, see here

Again, thanks to Ian Robson,his brother in law, for some details and the photo

Leslie was captured at the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese on 15th February 1942 and died working on the Siam-Burma railway.
The PoW record gives him resident in Helions Bumpstead, a PoW in Camp 4D.

From their regimental number James Wesley (5828507)-Leslie Tarling (5828512)-Reginald Wesley (5828518) and Leslie Ling (5828526) must have been mobilised in the 5th Suffolks at the same time.

photo from

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Leslie Ling is buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, grave 6:P:13

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