This letter to the editor appeared in the March 1922 issue of the Juvenile Instructor.
I take pleasure in writing a few lines to the Juvenile. I live in Middlesbrough, England. My father is the president of the Middlesbrough Branch, Newcastle Conference.
Our Sunday School is only a very small one, the total enrollment being only thirteen. At present we have only one class, but soon we hope to have two or three. Last year our lessons were taken from Ancient Apostles, and were very interesting. This year we have begun to study the book What Jesus Taught.
My sister and I love to read the Juvenile which comes every month from the Conference President. We enjoy reading the stories and also studying the puzzles. We have two Elders at our Branch from Utah, Elder Robert E. Finch from Goshen and Elder Thomas V. Phillips from Springville. They often come to our house and take my father out visiting with them.
My Grandma lives in Salt Lake City; also I have some uncles and aunts living there, too. Some day father and mother and all our family hope to make our home there, too. We have five in our family. Father and mother, my two sisters and myself. I am the oldest, being eleven years old. Hazel is the second, nine years old, and Elsie, who is four, the youngest. I was baptized in the sea at Salburn and Hazel was baptized in the Font at Sunderland.
We had a nice Christmas party at Christmas and all enjoyed ourselves very much.
I will close this short letter now, hoping you will have room to publish it in the Juvenile.
Leslie Derbyshire, age 11
42 Warren St.,
Leslie’s family did emigrate to Utah a few years after his letter was published. He lived in Salt Lake City, then in Bountiful, where he passed away on December 6, 2001. A paragraph from his obituary reads:
Active member of LDS Church. Served mission to Great Britain 1935-1937. Also served in Kentucky Louisville Mission 1981-1982 with his wife [Laura Dimler Derbyshire]. Had a passion for learning. Graduate of Brigham Young University, MBA from University of Phoenix at age 75. Came to America from England as a teenager. Worked his way to high-level managerial positions in the U. S. Employment Service and in the U. S. Air Force, utilizing his talents in logistics, system development, management application and training. Retired after 21 years with Ogden Air Logistics Command. Later, an officer in real property development and financial management companies and many years as a management consultant. An accomplished speaker, writer and teacher. Articulate, well informed and witty. His personal journals fill 15,000 pages. Served two years as Davis County Republican Party Chairman and seven years as Chairman of Davis County Private Industry Council. Received Presidential and Governor’s awards for volunteerism.