Leslie Hodges was born in Thame in 1918 the son of Charles Edward Hodges and Charlotte Elizabeth Stow who lived for a while at 53 Chinnor Road, Thame.
He had joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry early in WW2 and was with the 1st Battalion that landed in France in late June 1944. They were part of Operation Epsom that was intended to take the town of Caen. Leslie was killed in the operations to clear the area around Caen after the town had been taken.
He was killed on 8th July 1944 and is buried at Brouay War Cemetery, Calvados, France and remembered in Thame on The War Memorial and St Mary’s church Memorial Board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Brouay War Cemetery, Calvados, France on 12th June 2015 by Lord Williams’s School students