27 Jul 2005 Husband: Leslie Patrick HARTE died at age: 31 Born: 18 Aug 1909 at Westbury, Holden Road, North Finchley 1 Education: LDS, LRCS (England), DMD (Harvard) Occupation: Dental Surgeon Military: Capt. Army Dental Corps - att'd RAMC Died: 25 Apr 1941 in Mediterranean 2,3,4,5 Buried: May 1941 in Alexandria Egypt Hadra 2.A.1 6 Resided: 6 Feb 1935 at 23 Nassau St, London W 1 7 Father: Percy Charles HARTE Mother: Edith RUSS Wife: Doris May PONTING Nickname Doree died at age: 77 Married: 6 Feb 1935 at All Souls Langham Place 8 Born: 1908 in London 9 Died: 1985 in Worthing Sussex Resided: 6 Feb 1935 at Pembury, Friern Lane, Whetstone 10 Father: William Robert PONTING Mother: Unknown M Child 1: Richard Alan HARTE age: 68 Born: 1 Sep 1936 in London Occupation: Miller - ex farmer, publican Spouse: Sandra Jane VIDGEON b. 28 Jul 1944 Married: 21 Aug 1965 in Findon Parish Church F Child 2: Diana HARTE age: 66 Born: 1 Aug 1938 in London Emigrated: 1960's [?] to Australia Spouse: Alexander STUART Nickname Sandy Married: 1 Jun 1968 in Findon Sussex Died: June 2005 in Australia Sources: (1) Certified Copy, Birth registered by Percy Charles Harte - Bank Manager - on 28 Sep 1909 before George Smith Registrar [entry no. 32] (2) Maj R A Stephen, 'nobody saw him embark on a boat........One of the ships that did get away was sunk.....A destroyer was sunk picking up survivors and I know definitely that Leslie wasn't aboard it. I found that out from one of the survivors. I can't tell if he was on the first boat or not', 13 Jun 41. (3) Maj R A Stephen, 'At one time it looked as if our unit was going to be captured so a proportion of them were evacuated ahead of the rest. Leslie was amongst these. The majority of these embarked on a Greek ship which was attacked by dive bombers and sunk. Two destroyers went to the rescue and both of these were sunk. There were only eight survivors from the three ships', 5 Oct 41. (4) Winston Churchill, The Second World War, "During the nights of the 24th and 25th, 17,000 men were brought out, with the loss of two transports. On the following night about 19,500 were got away from five embarkation points. At Nauplion there was disaster. The transport Slamat in a gallant but misguided effort to embark the maximum stayed too long in the anchorage. Soon after dawn, when clearing the land, she was attacked and sunk by dive-bombers. The destroyers Diamond and Wryneck, who rescued most of the 700 men on board, were both in turn sunk by air attack a few hours later. There were only fifty survivors from all three ships.", vol III ch 12- The Greek Campaign. (5) Certified Copy, HARTE Leslie Patrick P/93936/5 - Lt (WS/Capt) Army Dental Corps [Emergency commission] age 31: date of death 'between 28/4/1941 and 4/7/1941' in either Greece or at Sea in the Eastern Mediterranean. Died as a result of military operations in Greece, Copy of Death Certificate from teh return of Officers Killed in Action or who have died while on Service Abroad. (6) Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org), 'In Memory of LESLIE PATRICK HARTE Captain 93936 Army Dental Corps attd., Royal Army Medical Corps who died on Friday, 25th April 1941. Age 31. Additional Information: Son of Percy Charles and Edith Harte; husband of Doris May Harte, of Golders Green, Middlesex. L.D.S., L.R.C.S.(England), D.M.D.(Harvard). Commemorative Information Cemetery: ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt Grave Reference/Panel Number: 2. A. 1. Location: Hadra is a district on the eastern side of Alexandria and is south of the main carriageway to Aboukir, known as Al Horaya, near the University of Alexandria. The Cemetery is on the road Sharia Manara. The junction of this road and Al Horaya is diagonally opposite the University of Alexandria. Historical Information: During the 1914-1918 War, Alexandria became a great Anglo-French camp and hospital centre, and in 1915 was made the base of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. The 1939-1945 War saw Alexandria again an important centre. To the hospitals were brought casualties from the campaigns in Greece, Crete and the Aegean islands; camps were set up for men on leave from the desert; Kom el Dikk Fort (constructed in 1799 by the Napoleonic leader Colonel Criban and occupied by the British from 1882 until February 1947) was the centre of military telephonic and telegraphic communications for the Middle and Near East, the Headquarters of the Military Police and a powerful anti-aircraft base; and from the port sailed convoys bearing supplies to hard-pressed Malta. The original part of the cemetery, which is built partly over Roman catacombs, was acquired in February 1916, when it was found that the cemetery at Chatby, a few hundred yards to the North-West, would not be large enough for all the burials from the Alexandria hospitals. It was first used in April 1916, under the name of Hadra New Military Cemetery, and it remained in use until December 1919. Nearly all the burials took place from the 15th, 17th, 19th, and 21st General Hospitals and the Military Hospital at Ras-el-Tin; but a number of graves of December, 1917 are due to the sinking of transports outside Alexandria. In December 1919 and January 1920 sixty British graves from some small graveyards in the Western Desert (due mostly to operations against the Senussi Arabs) and from Maadia and Rosetta were brought in. There are now 1692, 1914-18 war and 1313, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these 20, 1914-18 and 68, 1939-45 are unidentified. Also commemorated in this site are 44 Foreign National and 18 non-world war casualties'. (7) Certified Copy, Marriage Certificate. (8) Certified Copy, 6 Feb 1935: Leslie Patrick Harte age 25 Dental Surgeon - 23 Nassau St London W 1 - to Doris May Ponting age 26 - Pembury, Friern Lane, Whetstone: Church of ALl SOuls ST Marylebone by L F E Foxell. Witnesses - both fathers: Percy Charles Harte [Banker] and William Robert Ponting [Broker] (9) Ind, Her father was Pontings Department Store. (10) Certified Copy, Marriage certificate.