In memory of HMS Dunedin and her Men

Weate, Leslie Albert

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Listing: MPK

 

LA WeateWeate, LA newspaper cutting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am grateful to the family of Leslie Weate, for the photograph above and the cutting from the Burton Daily Mail of 27th May 1942, which reads:

The Admiralty has officially informed the parents of Ordinary Seaman Leslie Albert Weate that he must now be presumed killed on November 24th. On December 12th, it was announced that he was ‘missing while on war service’. Ordinary Seaman Weate was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Fred Weate of Horninglow Street and attended Holy Trinity and Guild Street Schools.He was employed by Bailey’s (confectioners), Ltd, at the time he volunteered for the Navy before war broke out. His only ship was the ill-fated Dunedin, a light cruiser. He was 18 on November 5th last.

The family has also kindly provided information from Leslie’s Certificate of Service in the Royal Navy:

Port Division:Portsmouth

Date of birth: 5 November 1923

Where born:Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

Trade brought up to: Errand Boy

Date of actually volunteering: 12 September 1939

Commencement of Time: 5 November 1941

Period volunteered for: 12 years

 

On entry as a boy

Stature:5′ 1”

Chest in: 30 1/2

Hair: brown

Eyes; blue

Complexion:fresh

Marks, wounds and scars: scar left knee

He served in the Dunedin from 10 November 1940