The son of Archibald George and Rosie Powell, Leslie Archibald Powell was employed by the Western Daily Press in Bristol before he enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment. Having fought at Gallipoli, Cadet Powell was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 5 August 1916. On 30 November 1917, he and his pilot, Andrew McKeever, engaged two enemy two-seaters protected by a flight of seven Albatros D.Vs. During the battle that followed, Powell and McKeever shot down four of the scouts.
Western Daily Press, Bristol, England, Monday, 4 April 1932, page 7
The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado, Sunday Morning, 3 February 1918, page 1
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. Leslie Archibald Powell, Glouc. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on several occasions in attacking enemy aircraft in superior numbers at close range, destroying some and driving down others out of control. He has also done excellent work on photographic reconnaissances, and has, in every instance, displayed the greatest gallantry and splendid offensive spirit."
"T./2nd Lt. Leslie Archibald Powell, M.C., Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Since his name was last brought to notice he has destroyed eight hostile machines. On one occasion, with his pilot, he engaged eleven, enemy aeroplanes, his pilot bringing down one. On another six Albatross scouts and two two-seaters were encountered, two being brought down and three others engaged with indecisive results."