Born in 1895 at Woodford, son of John James (Milkman) and Maria Dyer. 1901: With his family at The Dairy, Cowslip Road, South Woodford. 1911: He has no occupation shown, living at The Farm, Cowslip Road, South Woodford. The family home later became 49 Cowslip Road, South Woodford.
He joined up in 1915 at Putney initially with 3 City of London Yeomanry, but he moved on to 9 Royal Fusiliers.
He was badly injured on 9th August 1917 and did not regain consciousness before dying of his wounds. He had been wounded 4 months previously, and having recovered was returned to the front.
It is known that the Battalion was in the line at Arras near Monchy-le-Preux this day, and a raid by other Battalions provoked a heavy German artillery barrage in response. It is possible that Leslie Dyer was fatally injured by this barrage.
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian