Leonard Edward Brain


Born in Corston near Bath, (23-8-1924)

Mother was Nora Brain and father Henry (Harry) Edward Brain

Leonard had two brothers: Dennis Edward? Brain and Colin Edward? Brain.




Career history

First job was an Apprentice Stonemason at the old Box station for?

Called up to the Army in March 1943. For short time was a staff car driver for Head Quarters Eastern Command.

Joined 2 Company royal A logistics service corp. in preparation for "D" Day landings.

Sailed from Tilbury, landing on King Beach, went through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany; finishing on Lunenburgh as the peace treaty was being signed. Was engaged on returning Polish displaced persons from Haburghto Stettine on the Baltic coast, travelling through the Russian Zone. Moved to Trieste in Italy in preparation for far east campaign but this was cancelled after the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb.

Was sent back to Germany for demob June 1947.

Became a driver for a builder, until joining the civilian staff at RAF Colerne as a driver, aircraft refueller early in 1953. Stayed there until the RAF moved out in late summer of 1976. After a short spell as a car parts driver and salesman, re-joined employment with the RAF at Rudloe Manor, as a MT driver. Was forced into early retirement on the medical grounds on 16th January 1987.


31st August 1951 to Eileen Mary Vincent at Christ church, Hengroove, Bristol, and lived with his parents at 21 west view, Bath Road, Colerne. Moved to a council house, 21 Martin Croft, Colerne in 1956.

In 1960-61 built a bungalow in Bath Road Colerne and named it "Windy Ridge" after the windy location. Had three sons David Edward, Robert Vincent and Ian Anthony.


Football favourite team Bristol Rovers.

Enjoyed flying, repairing cars, and swimming. Played an active role in the community, was a member of the Colerne Branch f the Royal British Legion. Also helped the cubs and scouts.

Died 25 Sept 1992 from Emphysema.

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