From the internet: https://www.friendsofthesuffolkregiment.org/2017-archive.html#
Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1913, Lieutenant-Colonel John Temple Bouverie Leader of the Suffolk Regiment [as he became] was from a young age a fine sportsman, excelling at tennis. Whilst his family lived in France in the early 1930s, he played tennis to a fine professional standard along the Riviera, where he was spotted by a then unelected Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Mussolini spotted Leaders talents and asked him to come to Italy to play Tennis. It was whist here, as a guest of the Mussolini, that Leader taught him to play table tennis; the great dictator being a regular at the Leaders’ villa for some weeks as his skill at the sport improved.
John Leader married, in 1934, an American girl, Amoret Randolph, and the couple eventually settled in Norfolk near Diss, where John became an officer in the Territorial Army serving in the Suffolk Yeomanry. When war was declared, he was called up and became part of the Royal Artillery, the arm of service to which the LSH were part of.
When the first members of the US 8th Air Force began arriving in England in May 1942, John was chosen to be a liaison officer with this new group of visitors. His American wife too helped ease diplomatic relations at an awkward time. Posted to India in 1944, he was to be part of a special Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery, designed to restore law and order in the newly invaded Japan, but the atomic bomb put pay to that. In later life, he became a Justice of the Peace, the chairman of his local education committee and also a warden of his local church.
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