Mr Leslie Harold Talbot Cliff

 in 1930, aged 22

b. 5 Jun 1908 in The Curragh, Ireland.

In 1930, a Law Student', address given as the Langham Hotel, London.

m. 1935 Violet H [Supple]

By 1936, 'A flying instructor at Brooklands, and a skater of some repute' - he and Violet "skated pairs, winning bronze medals at the World Championships in 1936-37, a silver medal at the 1936 European Championships, and they came fourth in the 1938 Worlds and 1933 and 1937 Europeans.

They won the British Championship every year from 1934-38. When they sought to regain their title after the war, in May 1946, they were beaten by Dennis and Winnie Silverthorne." 


 Violet and Leslie Cliff 1938 1936


d. 2 Aug 1969 - "Brunthorpe", Mont Gras d'Eau, St. Brelade, Jersey

 His obituary in 'Flight' says "Leslie Cliff, AFC, who died recently at his home at St Brelades Bay, Jersey, was one of those who played their part in popularising British private flying in the early thirties.

In 1928 he owned a D.H. Puss Moth and learned to fly in it at Lympne, and in 1935 he became one of the instructors of the Cinque Ports Flying Club at Lympne; he moved from there to Brooklands in 1937.

In the following year he entered the King's Cup Air Race in a Miles Hawk and flew with his wife Violet into third place. The summer of 1939 found Leslie Cliff at Sywell, instructing at the RAF EFTS there.

Later he volunteered as a night fighter pilot on Beaufighters. When it was discovered that he had been a civil instructor with twin experience he was retained as an instructor, training pilots for night fighting. Towards the end of the war he was sent to Robertsfield, Liberia, for anti-submarine duties."


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