Wilfrid John Leslie

Wilfrid John Leslie


Wilfrid John Leslie was born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland in 1890. He was educated at Watson’s College, Edinburgh, as a chartered accountant. Prior to World War I, he went to the oil fields of Mexico. At the outbreak of war, he joined the Black Watch as one of Kitchener’s First Hundred Thousand and found in France in June, 1915 where, in September, he was severely wounded.After the war, he went to Nyasaland with The Imperial Tobacco Company.

A few later, he left the business to start as an auditor. He then founded Naperi Farm where he started with dairy and pigs and later expanded into a butchery and bakery. He was a pioneer in the ghee industry and in the export of dried fish from Lake Nyasa.

He was also a keen member of the Nyasaland Chamber of Commerce, and served for many years as a member of the Blantyre Town Council. During World War II he was second in command of the Blantyre Platoon of the Nyasaland Deference Force.

Leslie was an active man with a keen interest in sport. In 1948 he established The Leslie Sevens – an annual seven-a-side rugby tournament held at Blantyre Sports Club. He married in 1951. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Blantyre.

He died 23rd April, 1952.


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