Leslie Cater was born on 25 May 1919 in London, the son of John William and Hilda Annie. He entered Harston School on 21 February 1927 from Upper Hornsey Road school and left on 2 August 1929 on a minor scholarship. He lived at ‘Walreddon’, London Road, Harston.
He was a Sergeant/Pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve having gained his Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate in 1938. He was based in Egypt and he died on Monday 30 September 1940 flying a Bristol Blenheim IV plane which was shot down into the sea off Tobruk when returning from a raid on Marua airfield by an Italian Fiat CR42
He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt, column 239