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Arthur Basil LEE

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Surname: LEE

Forename(s): Arthur Basil

Place of Birth: New Brighton, Cheshire

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1916-07-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Arthur Basil Lee was the son of Charles Arthur and Sarah Lee, née Davies. Charles was born at Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire and Sarah at Liverpool, Lancashire.

1901 Liscard, Cheshire Census: 5 Caithness Drive - Arthur Basil Lee, aged 5 years, born New Brighton, Cheshire, son of Charles Arthur and Sarah Lee.

1911 Ilkley, Yorkshire Census: 1, Wells Walk - Arthur Basil Lee, aged 15 years, born New Brighton, Cheshire, son of Charles Arthur and Sarah Lee.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Arthur Basil Lee, 903, R.F.A.; 2/Lt 1/5 Bn W. Yorks Regt. Theatre of War (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 8.7.15. Correspondence: C.A. Lee Esq 1, Wells Walk, Ilkley, Yorks.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: 2 Lieut A.B. Lee, W. Yorkshire. K. in A. 2.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lieut A.B. Lee, 5 W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: K.I.A. 2.7.16. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Charles Arthur Lee. £66 12s. 2d.

Arthur is commemorated on the Ilkley Grammar School War Memorial.

Photograph: 'Yorkshire Rugby Football Union - In Memoriam 1914-19'.

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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2nd Lieutenant Arthur Basil LEE

2nd Lieutenant Arthur Basil LEE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: LEE

Forename(s): Arthur Basil

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted:

Number:

Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 5th Battalion (Territorial)

Decorations:

Died Date: 02/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:

Notes:

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Surname: LEE

Forename(s): Arthur Basil

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 5th Bn.

Age: 20

Awards:

Died Date: 02/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Charles Arthur and Sarah Lee, of I, Wells Walk, Ilkley, Yorks.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

1/5th Bn. Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

From Aveluy Wood went to assembly positions in Thiepval Wood (1/7) – occupied British front line – later parties ordered up to assist 36th (Ulster) Division at the Schwaben Redoubt. Withdrew to Aveluy Wood (2/7).

[Arthur Basil Lee was killed on the 2nd July 1916.]

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14 July 1916

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Second Lieutenant Arthur Basil Lee, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, only son of Mr. C.A. Lee, manager of the Ilkley branch of the Bank of Liverpool, was killed in the fighting on July 2nd. Before the war, Lieutenant Lee was with Messrs. Sutherland, Parker and Co., stuff merchants, Bradford, and was a playing member of the Ilkley Rugby Football Club. He joined the West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column in the early days of the war, and after three months’ service secured a commission in the West Yorkshires.

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14 July 1916

TWO ILKLEY OFFICERS KILLED

Second Lieutenant Arthur Basil Lee, West Yorkshire Regiment, only son of Mr. C.A. Lee, manager of the Ilkley branch of the Bank of Liverpool, was killed in the fighting on July 2nd. Before the war, Lieutenant Lee was with Messrs. Sutherland, Parker and Co., stuff merchants, Bradford, and was a playing member of the Ilkley Rugby Football Club. He joined the West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column in the early days of the war, and after three months’ service secured a commission in the West Yorkshires. He had been at the Front from last July, and some time ago was wounded. Lieut. Lee was educated at the Ilkley Grammar School, and also under Mr. A.W. Godby, Ghyll Road, Ilkley. Captain Mackay, in a letter Mr. Lee received on Saturday morning, informing him of his son’s death, stated that Lieut. Lee was leading his men along a German trench they had just taken, when a German officer, from a dug-out, shot him with his revolver. His death was instantaneous and painless. Lieut. Lee was 20 years of age.

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