Remembering the Telegraphist Air Gunners
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Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Leslie Hodges
Remembering WWII Veteran & Telegraphist Air Gunner Leslie Hodges (1926-2012) May 30, 2012 Leslie Hodges passed away May 17, 2012 aged 86; a service was held Friday May 25, 2012. He served as a Telegraphist Air Gunner in the Royal Navy during the Second World War; from Epsom, Surrey in England. As part of his training as a Telegraphist Air Gunner during WWII in 1944, Hodges spent time in Yarmouth Nova Scotia stationed at NAGS (Royal Navy's Naval Air Gunnery School) at RCAF Station Yarmouth. Leslie Hodges was a friend of the Wartime Heritage Association and was involved in sharing some of his wartime experiences and historical information. It was an honour to have known him and he will be remembered by all those with Wartime Heritage that had the opportunity to meet Leslie during his visit to Canada in 2011. He will be missed by our members and remembered always. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends in the UK. The Association was fortunate to have the opportunity to host Leslie Hodges in Yarmouth in 2011, some 67 years since the last time he visited our shores. Hodges' visit to Yarmouth was featured recently (August 30, 2011) in the Yarmouth Vanguard in the article, "British East Camp Veteran returns to Yarmouth" Hosting Veterans on their return visits to Nova Scotia is part of the Wartime Heritage Association’s Veterans Return initiative. Eight Veterans and their family members have taken part since 2005; travelling from as far as Australia and England.