Sam Leney

Licensee of the Queen’s Head pub, Cricket Green, for 28 years.

Full name Samuel George Leney. His wife Winifred Anne Leney died in in 1958, aged 72.

Their son Samuel Robert Leney was a pilot in the RAF, and was killed in 1942:

Plt. Off. S. R. Leney, who was reported missing last March now presumed killed in action. His father is licensee of the Queen’s Head, Lower Green East, Mitcham.

Plt. Off. Leney was one of the airgunners of a Halifax which set out for action against the enemy and did not return. He was 23.

Source: Western Morning News – Thursday 11 February 1943 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required).

A profile of RAF pilot officer Sam Leney can be found on the website Archie – A pilot in RAF Bomber Command. He was remembered as the Surrey Clark Gable by his younger sister, as told in this 2012 interview in the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser.

See also the Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry.

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