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#1 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 13:58

We are approaching the 60th anniversary of the record breaking run between Dover and Cape Town by Ralph Sleigh and Peter Joplin in an Austin A70 Hampshire, for more details visit www.austinworks.com/africa.html

Ex- Squadron Leader Ralph Sleigh lived near Ipswich at the time, he took part in a few rallies including the Monte Carlo and in 1953 entered the Daily Express Motor Rally sharing the cartoonist ‘Giles’ XK120. He also participated in other Reliability Trials for Austin; including the A90 Atlantic tests in America. Could any TNFer’s add to this.


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#2 Geoff E

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 15:22

Mention of Ipswich suggests he was the Ralph Harding SLEIGH whose death was registered in Bury St Edmunds in August 1994. His birth date was given there as 25 February 1911, so presumably he was the Ralph H SLEIGH birth registered in Croydon in 1911.

Possibly married twice-

1) 1942 Chippenham district
2) 1989 Bury St Edmunds district

Edited by Geoff E, 27 October 2009 - 19:09.


#3 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 17:21

The article on the Austin Website says that he was 38 years old,so that ties in. However the William bit is strange! Thank you for checking that out!

#4 Geoff E

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 19:11

The article on the Austin Website says that he was 38 years old,so that ties in. However the William bit is strange! Thank you for checking that out!


Sorry, not sure how I messed that up - he was Ralph :well:

I have corrected it

Edited by Geoff E, 27 October 2009 - 19:11.


#5 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 19:26

Sorry, not sure how I messed that up - he was Ralph :well:

I have corrected it



Thats OK, it's an easy mistake to make!

#6 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 22:55

Possibly married twice-

1) 1942 Chippenham district

June 15th at the Abbey Church, Malmesbury, to Joan Isobel Moore. Groom was the son of Mr & Mrs Arthur Benson Adie Sleigh of Crossways, Great Barton, Bury St Edmunds.

Source: The Times, March 5th and June 18th 1942.

#7 Geoff E

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 23:09

I've now discovered he was the son of Arthur Benson SLEIGH and Gertrude HARDING who married in 1903.

Arthur B SLEIGH appears in the 1901 census as a Photo engraver. Arthur had a brother born in New York.

Here is a link to Arthur's family in the 1881 census http://www.familysea...n...&frompage=5
Having seen the census image, I can't come up with a meaningful transcription of the last word either.

Edited by Geoff E, 27 October 2009 - 23:11.


#8 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 07:42

This is all good stuff, but please don't go back any further. Like yourself I have no idea what a Partiniture is!! Many thanks!!

#9 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 21:43

That's right...

Much better that we get into a discussion about how many front shock absorbers they carried with them and changed en-route!

#10 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 08:21

All information is gratefully received!

#11 Rupertlt1

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 13:56

Ralph Sleigh on the Daily Express Motor Rally, 1952:

 

https://www.cartoons...ons/CG/2/4/2/13

 

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