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Leslie Charles Smith, OBE (6 March 1918 – 26 May 2005), was a co-founder of Lesney Products, the company famous for making Matchbox cars.

Smith was born in Enfield, Middlesex, left school at the age of 14, and was working for J. Raymond Wilson, a die-casting company, as an export buyer in London when World War II broke out in 1939, whereupon he joined the Royal Navy. He served with Rodney Smith, and after the war had ended, in 1947, they founded Lesney Products. The name 'Lesney' was formed by combining their first names.

He married Nancy Jackson-Moore in 1948.

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