1962 – 2014
Royal Air Force Photographer
Les was born on the 13th of December 1962 in Edinburgh. His father was in the Royal Air Force, so the family moved around, as service families do, and lived in various places in Germany, Scotland, Wales and England.
He enjoyed school and was quick to learn and did well at most subjects. From a young age he showed a keen interest in photography, and to fund his hobby he got himself a paper round.
At 16 years old, Les left school and joined up as an RAF apprentice. He served as a photographer, and his postings took him to Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands.
Les served just over 22 years in Royal Air Force:
1980 RAF School of Recruit Training
1980 RAF Joint School of Photography
1980 RAF St Athan – Photographic Section
1983 RAF Kinloss – Photographic Section
1985 RAF Northolt – No 1 Aeronautical Information Documents Unit
1988 RAF Mount Pleasant
1991 RAF Rudloe Manor – Headquarters Police and Provost Security Services
1997 RAF Brampton – Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre
2000 RAF Northolt – No 1 Aeronautical Information Documents Unit
He enjoyed his time in the Royal Air Force and had very fond memories of his years there, the work and the friends
he made and, after he left, the training and experience he had gained led him into the world of computer technology and printing.
He never lost his love of photography, and especially loved his more unusual work, and was proud of the artwork he produced for the queen.
He was a genuine character and one of the good guys, and will be greatly missed by us all.