Leslie Norman Lisby

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known  (formerly 3121 as a Private)
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Sussex
Battalion: 4th (Territorial)
Died: 5th November 1917 aged 23 years
Death location: Syria


Life before the War
Leslie’s father William came from Poole in Dorset where he was born in 1858; William’s mother Matilda Jane, nee Mitchell, was born in Southampton in 1861.  William and Matilda married in 1885 Southampton.

When William died in 1924 he left a probate naming his wife:
“Lisby William of Howard Road and of 32 Upper Canal Walk both in Southampton died 4 September 1924 at 31 Howard Road. Probate London 25 November 1924 to Matilda Jennie Lisby widow. Effects £2418 12s 4d”

Matilda passed away in 1940 leaving a probate:
“Lisby Matilda Jane of 110 Upper Cedar Road Southampton widow died 15 March 1940. Probate London 8 may 1940 to Vincent Charles Lisby solicitor. Effects £2031 2s 9d”

Leslie had just one sibling, an older brother Stanley William, who also died whilst serving his country in WW1.  Please select Stanley’s name to be read more of his story.  Unlike his brother, Leslie never married.

In 1891 the family lived at 15 Ordnance Road, Southampton. William was a Grocer which was his own business. His mother in law, Matilda Mitchell, a widow, was living with them on “her own means”.  William engaged a domestic servant.

The family had moved to 13 London Road by 1901 and was still living there in 1911. William’s mother in law was still living with the family.  Again, a general domestic servant was hired to help them in their home. William still had his Grocers Business and in 1911 his son Stanley was working with him.  In this year Leslie was an Accountant’s Articled Clerk.

Southampton’s Commercial Directory
1907 –Lisby William, Grocer, 32 Canal Walk.
1916 – 1917 – Lisby William, Grocer, 32 Canal Walk


War Service
Prior to enlisting Leslie was employed by J. J. Burnett & Sons as an Accountant.

Beersheba War Cemetery

Beersheba War Cemetery

Before he became an officer Leslie entered the Inns of Court, Officer Training Corps on 27th March 1915, as a Private, regimental number 3121 and graduated to Lieutenant on 19th June 1915.  Leslie was posted as part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force on the 12th January 1916.  He gave his father W Lisby Esquire of 31 Howard Road, Southampton as his next of kin.

Leslie died of his wounds whilst serving in Israel.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel. The Memorial Register reads:  “Lisby, 2nd Lt. L.N. 1st/4th Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. 5th Nov., 1917. Grave/Plot Reference A. 34”



Personal Effects – during his war service, Leslie had accrued £165 1

3s 5d from credits and pay. This was paid to his father William as his executor on 22nd July 1918.  A further payment of £7 13s was paid to William in 30th September 1918.  On the 27th January 1920, a War Gratuity payment of £5 was made.

Leslie’s National Probate
“Lisby Leslie Norman of 13 London Road Southampton lieutenant 4th battalion Royal Sussex Regiment died 5 November 1917 in Syria. Probate Winchester 1918 to William Lisby grocer. Effects £97 2s 5d.
Resworn £262 15s 10d”

For his service to his country, Leslie was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 29th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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