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Private J Lee


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Private John LEE,  S/1934, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 1st January 1915.

Born 9th August 1878, St Pancras, London, enlisted 9th August 1908, Maidstone, Kent, age 30, height 5ft 2 inches, weight 114lbs. Formerly beer bottler.

Son of James & Katherine Lee, 75 Charlton Street.

Husband (separated) of Mrs Cecilia  Lee (nee Watters), 24 Chapel Grove, St Pancras; 1919 3 James Street, George Road, Holloway. Married 10th May 1896, St Marys Cray.

Formerly served from 23rd August 1898, in 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Special Reserve. Mediterranean Medal 1900-01. Enlisted London, age 20, height 5ft 2 inches, weight 114lbs, single man, resided 28 Exmouth Street, Hampstead, London. Formerly beer bottler.

15th January 1899, arrested for assaulting Police in St Pancras Road, convicted 16th January 1899 to 21 days hard labour at HM Prison Pentonville. Residence before conviction, 54 Milton Mews, Euston Square.

18th October 1899, arrested for being drunk in Charlton Street, NW, convicted 19th October 1899, 20/- or 14 days, date of discharge 1st November 1899.  Residence before conviction, 8 Meldon Mews, Euston.

19th December 1899, appointed Lance Corporal; 7th December 1900, promoted Corporal; 12th July 1904, tried by Court Martial and reduced to ranks. 1st August 1904, re-engaged.

Living with Mrs Eliza  Salisbury (widow) as his wife since 1902 and had five children.

Children - John, age 16, September 1914 ; Annie, age 15 or 18, September 1914.

Eliza Catherine, born 11th September 1902, London; Michael Thomas, 15th January 1907, St Pancras; Emily, born 17th July 1909 St Pancras; John James, born 15th April 1911, St Pancras; William George, born 29th February 1913? St Pancras.

Postings - Home, 9th August 1908 to 18th September 1914; BEF 19th September 1914 to 1st January 1915.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate)  Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Belgium.


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