In the course of trying to sort out Leigh-Mallory‘s First World War record I posted what I had come up with on the Great War Forum to clarify a few thing. Normally I am not keen on forum as they tend to be a bit sniffling and debate becomes very polarised but they do have the great advantage of being a great depository of knowledge. One of the bits that came up was this report from the Barrow News dated January 16, 1915. It shows that Leigh-Mallory was fined 20 shillings for not registering his car and, therefore, driving it illegally.
At this point L-M was serving with the 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers who were based in Barrow-in-Furness. Whether or not this impacted on his service I am not sure. It does seem that when the men of the Battalion were sent overseas L-M stayed behind for further training. Was this training a penance for what had occurred? I am not. One thing I am sure of is that his biographer does not mention this incident. I can only surmise that this is for two reason. Firstly, he does not know about it or, second, he choose not to mention it. Either start to show up some of the methodological issue with the only biography of L-M.