Leslie Starkey

Rank Private
Service No DM2/097365
Date of Death 03/12/1916
Age 31
Regiment/Service Army Service Corps 18th Motor Ambulance Convoy
Cemetery Durban (Ordnance Road) Military Cemetery, Durban, South Africa.


Leslie was born in Finchley in 1886 to Frederick Starkey, a paper merchant, and his wife Frances. He was baptised on 21st August at St Mary’s, Finchley with his sister Mildred (b. 1884). The family then lived in Regents Park Road, Finchley. Aside from Leslie and Mildred, there were six other children: Frederick (b. 1874), Herbert (b. 1876), Cecil (b. 1878), Leonard (b. 1881), Frances (b. 1882) and Florence (b. 1883). Leslie was educated at Christ's College, Finchley.

Leslie joined the army early in the war, first serving in Egypt, with the Army Service Corps, in May 1915. He worked in the Motor Ambulance Unit, a specialised transport service used for the evacuation of casualties. The 18th Convoy was formed in January 1916 and served in East Africa. He died in Durban, South Africa, which became a considerable hospital centre during the First World War, to which the sick and wounded were brought from East African and other theatres of war.    

The St Luke’s Finchley monthly magazine of January 1917, records that Leslie was ‘invalided from German East Africa at the end of November to Durban where he died. He was in Canada at the outbreak of war, but returned early and joined the A.S.C. He served in Egypt for many months before going to East Africa. Leslie Starkey became a member of St Luke’s congregation at the commencement of the Parish – and two of his sisters have been very faithful and helpful workers from the very outset.’