Kenneth Malise St. Clair Graeme Leask served with the 11th Devonshire Regiment before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps
in May 1916. 2nd Lieutenant Leask received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3673 at Central Flying School, Upavon on 20 July 1916. Having gained combat experience as a two-seater pilot, he was posted to 84 Squadron
as a flight commander. Returning to France in September 1917, Leask claimed eight enemy
aircraft and flew more than 100 sorties. He survived being shot down three times -- once behind enemy lines, once in "no man's land" and once behind his own lines. When the war ended, he remained in the Royal Air
Force, later serving as Director General of the Air Ministry and attaining the rank of Air
Vice-Marshal. Leask and his wife were killed in an automobile accident.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (T. /Capt.) Kenneth Malise St. Clair Graeme Leask. Devon. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading offensive patrols against superior numbers of the enemy. His patrol twice engaged more than double their own numbers and drove the enemy back into their own lines. He drove down three enemy machines, which, were seen to be destroyed, and accounted for eleven in all. He showed splendid determination and initiative.
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Kenneth Malise St.
Clair Graeme Leask, M.C., Devon. R., and
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked a formation of five enemy scouts, one of which he destroyed. Later, he carried out a very valuable reconnaissance at a height of 100 feet in order to locate the enemy's position. While thus engaged he observed a large column of enemy troops advancing along a road. He dived down to a height of about 30 feet and attacked and scattered them, and held up their advance for a considerable time. He has done splendid work in attacking enemy troops from a low altitude, showing great courage and determination under heavy fire.
(M.C. gazetted 26th March, 1918.)