Leslie Wallace Ablett
2nd Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers
Leslie Wallace Ablett was born 9 June 1897, the son of John Joseph Ablett of Streatham. The family had origins in Runcorn in Cheshire and they moved to London before Leslie was born. Leslie attended Alleyn’s from 1908 to 1913.
After the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the British Expeditionary Force and joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, the second largest Regiment in the British Army. During his time overseas, he saw service in France and Flanders and was involved in a number of major British operations. Leslie was killed in action during the fierce fighting that took place during the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. He was killed on 15th October as the BEF slowly advanced towards Passchendaele during the second phase of battle. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, and his School house records indicated he is buried at Reutel, East of Ypres.