Keith Leslie

20/June/1918 - 17/April/2004








Upon his discharge in 1946, Keith returned to the Guildford area. These recently rediscovered pictures show Keith post-war, with (on the left) Cecilia [known as Moggie] and his sister Madge; in the picture on the right with (the young) Bob and Fred Paine.











Alice and Keith marry in 1948


Keith met Alice Long at a dance at the Wooden Bridge pub in Guildford. Keith’s family welcomed Alice as the woman to bring him back from the war and provide a much-needed anchor. She succeeded wonderfully.


Keith and Alice married in 1948 and Christine, their first child, arrived in due course. Alan was born in 1950 and Andy, a late addition to the family, was born in 1956.By then, Keith was working at Hawker-Siddely in Richmond, moving to the nascent British Airways in the late 1950’s as part of “BEA” (British European Airways), where he was a chartered Aircraft Engineer.  He travelled with the family to other countries for holidays, including Rome in the mid 1960’s (picture right).



Keith’s career as an aircraft engineer showed a high level of intelligence and application; his family recall his studying enormous technical manuals at home to enhance his expertise. He retired from British Airways in 1976 after 22 years service.



During these years, Keith and Alice and their family lived in Hampton Court, Molesey and Tolworth, moving to Staines in 1957. Keith remained in the Staines area for the rest of his life, moving to Ashford in 1979 when he retired for the second time, having worked at Brooklands Technical College after initially retiring from British Airways in 1976.



For more than 50 years, Keith and Alice loved to visit Virginia Water Lake, the rose garden at Hampton Court Palace and Wisley R.H.S. Gardens. The family spent many Sunday afternoons at these places so reminiscent of his P.O.W, dreams of the English garden. He particularly loved Savill Gardens, where he requested his ashes should be scattered.



Cool on a Summers day


Living in Laleham for many years, Keith loved to take walks along the river and at Penton Hook Lock; he would sit and watch the passing of the boats for many a balmy afternoon.





The whole family loved Laleham Park and all the children and grandchildren were taken there for walks and discussions on flowers and trees.



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