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Leslie Checkley

Leslie Checkley

Born in Ladywood, Birmingham in 1926, the tenth of eleven children. Left elementary school at fourteen years of age to work in heavy engineering. Joined naval cadets until eighteen years of age but refused entry into forces due to a damaged lung from pneumonia at twelve months old. Hobbies: anything DIY. Gardening, oil painting, writing short stories and poetry. At eighty years old, started modern jive dancing. Became visually impaired in 2012. Interests now mainly poetry writing and dancing.

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