Queer Places:
Epsom College, College Rd, Epsom KT17 4JQ, UK

James Leslie Barford was born in 1883.1 He was the son of James Gale Barford and Mary Harriett West.1 He died on 29 November 1950 at Surrey, England.1 He gained the rank of Surgeon-Commander in the Royal Navy.1

He wrote at least two books of poems with the pen-name Philebus, Ladslove Lyrics (1918) and Young Things (1921) that were reprinted in Lad's Love (Valancourt Books, 2010).

James Leslie Barford was the son of Dr J. G. Barford, of Easthampstead, Berkshire. He attended Epsom College from 1896 to 1901. He received his medical education at King’s College Hospital, and from 1906 until 1919 served in the Royal Navy, becoming the youngest Surgeon-Commander in the Service at the end of the First World War. After the war he spent several years as surgeon with the Merchant Navy, mainly with the P. and O. Line. He then developed an interest in psychiatry, and was appointed medical officer at the Royal Earlswood Institution. During the Second World War he was Medical Officer to the Surrey County Council Civil Defence Organization. In 1946 he spent nine months in the Antarctic with the first post-war whaling expedition, carrying out research into the collection and large-scale manufacture of various glandular products. On his return, his desire for adventure soon reasserted itself and he joined the Post Office Telegraph Ship ‘Alert,’ and later H.M.T.S Monarch.


  1. http://www.thepeerage.com/p67421.htm
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