Leslie Joseph Dunn from Hull worked as a stevedore before enlistment on 12 January 1940. Age 23 he enlisted into The Royal Artillery (RA) and was post to 217 Searchlight Training Regiment at Hereford and then to 311 Battery RA.
Gunner Dunn volunteered for airborne forces and attended Parachute Training Course 34 which assembled at Hardwick for preparatory ground training under RAF instructors on 12 October 1942. The course intake comprised of 186 men to provide reinforcements for the Parachute Brigade and moved to RAF Ringway on 22 October. They completed the required jumps to qualify by 27 October.
He was posted to The 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3rd Para Bn) and fought in North Africa and Italy before returning to the UK.
Gunner Dunn served with 3rd Para Bn until December 1944, but did not go on Operation Market Garden.
He returned to RA and was demobbed in June 1946.
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