Sergeant Leslie Martin

Leslie Martin was born on 4th November 1924.

In 1943, aged 18, he was called up and joined the Royal Artillery, completing is training as a driver/mechanic. In 1944 he volunteered for airborne forces and completed Parachute Course 127 in July/Aug 1944.

He then joined 2nd Airlanding Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RA and was transported by Dakota to an airstrip near Grave right at the end of Op Market Garden.

In January 1945, he transferred to the 6th Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA as part of the 2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Regiment, RA (part of the 6th Airborne Division) after 2nd A/L Lt A.A. Bty was disbanded. With this unit, he took part in Operation Varsity.

Post-war he served in Palestine, before being demobbed in 1947.

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Leslie Martin on a motorcycle in Palestine

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