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Charles Harold LEE

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Surname: LEE

Forename(s): Charles Harold

Place of Birth: East Dulwich, Surrey

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 249th Siege Battery

Division: ---

Age: 33

Date of Death: 1917-09-20

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XXI. A. 9.

CWGC Cemetery: HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY

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Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

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Charles Harold Lee (born 29 November 1884) was the son of George Samuel and Annie Lee, née Cooper. George was born at Plymouth, Devon and Annie at Greenwich, Kent.

1901 Benniworth, Lincolnshire Census: The Rectory - Charles H. Lee, aged 16 years, born Dulwich, Surrey, son of George S. and Annie Lee.

1911 Parkstone, Dorset Census: Alexandra House, Sandbanks Road - Charles Harold Lee, aged 26 years, born E. Dulwich, London. Assistant Schoolmaster.

Charles was married to Elizabeth Constance Haggart in 1911.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Dvr 153482, Royal Field Artillery & 2/Lieut Royal Garrison Artillery. Commissioned: R.G.A., 8 November 1916. Theatre of War first served in: France. Date of entry therein: 23 March 1917. Correspondence: [1] Mrs C.H. Lee (widow) The Rectory, Bennworth [sic], Lincoln. [2] Mrs C.H. Lee (widow) Fellside, Penrith, Cumberland.

Charles is commemorated on the Benniworth Parish War Memorial and by a brass plaque, that are in St. Julian’s Church, Benniworth, Lincolnshire.

A short biography of Charles is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).

Photograph courtesy of Ermysted’s Grammar School Archive.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

LEE, Lieut. Charles Harold, aged 33, R.G.A., son of Rev. G.S. Lee, rector of Benniworth, Lincolnshire, and formerly a master at Skipton Grammar School, killed in action Sept. 20, 1917.

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2nd Lieutenant Charles Harold LEE

2nd Lieutenant Charles Harold LEE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

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Surname: LEE

Forename(s): Charles Harold

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Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

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Died Date: 20/09/17

Died How: Killed in action

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Notes: (249 Sge Bty)

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Surname: LEE

Forename(s): C H

Country of Service: United Kingdom

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Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Unit: 249th Siege Bty.

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Died Date: 20/09/1917

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 - Part Five

LEE, CHARLES HAROLD, B.Sc., 2nd Lieut., Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd s. of the Rev. George Samuel Lee, of Benniworth Rectory, Lincoln, by his wife, Annie, dau. of Charles Cooper; b. East Dulwich, London, S.E., 29 Nov. 1884; educ. London University; was Mathematical Master at Skipton Grammar School; joined an Officers’ Cadet Battn. in July, 1916; gazetted 2nd Lieut., R.G.A., 9 Nov. following; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from March, 1917, and was killed in action near Ypres 20 Sept. following. Buried there. His Major wrote: “Lee, or, as we called him, ‘Jimmy,’ was always a cheerful companion under the most trying circumstances; he was always a brave, conscientious and most useful officer, and will leave a gap in our ranks which can never be filled. I have only known him for eight months, but in that time have known him intimately and become very attached to him, so have felt this loss very keenly,” and Mr. Powell: “Master to some, colleague to others, beloved friend to all, school and town miss him, and will continue to miss him, to an extent which at present it is impossible fully to estimate. He was so absolutely part and parcel of us – so loyal, so keen, so really lovable, so cheery – who does not remember those rollicking songs of his, and the muscular pains which they always engendered! Short a time as he was with us, he impressed his personality upon the place with a power which is given to few. We are rich in our countless memories of him; we are proud of his heroic death. We of Skipton School claim no small share of the great good he has shed around him in a life of true and noble self-sacrifice.” He m. at Benniworth, co. Lincoln, 19 April 1911, Elizabeth Constance, eldest dau. of John Haggart, of Edinburgh; s.p.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1917

LEE Charles Harold of the Rectory Benniworth Lincolnshire lieutenant died 20 September 1917 in France Probate London 11 December to the reverend George Samuel Lee clerk. Effects £135 3s.

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Benniworth Parish War Memorial, St. Julian’s Church, Benniworth, Lincolnshire

Benniworth Parish War Memorial, St. Julian’s Church, Benniworth, Lincolnshire

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Memorial Plaque, St. Julian’s Church, Benniworth, Lincolnshire

Memorial Plaque, St. Julian’s Church, Benniworth, Lincolnshire

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF/ CHARLES HAROLD LEE BSc/ 2ND LIEUT ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY/ SECOND SON OF THE REV GEORGE S LEE/ RECTOR OF THIS PARISH/ KILLED IN ACTION SEPTEMBER 20TH 1917/ NEAR YPRES/ THIS BRASS IS PLACED BY HIS WIDOW

© Mike Peck (WMR-53949)

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05 October 1917

SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL TEACHER KILLED

We regret to say that news was received in the early part of the week of the death in action on September 20th of Second Lieutenant Charles Harold Lee, R.G.A., formerly mathematical master at the Skipton Grammar School. Thirty-three years of age, deceased was the son of the Rev. G. S. Lee, rector of Benniworth, Lincolnshire, and enlisted at the end of the summer term in 1916. He had been at the Front about six months. He was on the staff of the Skipton School about eighteen months, and previously was mathematical master at Parkstone, Dorset.

04 July 1919

PEACE SUPPLEMENT TO THE 'CRAVEN HERALD' – CRAVEN'S FALLEN OFFICERS

SECOND-LIEUTENANT C. H. LEE

Royal Garrison Artillery, a former master at Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton. Killed in action September 20th, 1917.

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05 October 1917

LEE – Killed in action on Sept. 20th, Second Lieutenant Chas. Harold Lee, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Rev. G. Lee, rector of Benniworth, Lincolnshire, and formerly a master at the Skipton Grammar School, aged 33.

05 October 1917

SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL MASTER KILLED IN ACTION

Second Lieutenant Charles Harold Lee, of he Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Rev. D. Lee, rector of Benniworth, Lincolnshire, and formerly mathematical master at the Skipton Grammar School, was killed in action on September 20th. He had been at the Skipton Grammar School about a year and a half, previous to which he was mathematical master at Parkstone, in Dorsetshire. Second-Lieut. Lee, who was 33 years of age, enlisted at the end of the summer term last year, and had been on in France about six months.

14 December 1917

FOUNDER’S DAY AT SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A Fifteenth Century Foundation – War Memorial Proposed

COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Wednesday’s proceedings were opened with a service in commemoration not only of the founders and benefactors of the school but also of the gallant men who formerly passed through the school and who had given their lives for their country in the present war. The service was conducted by the headmaster (Rev. F.G. Forder) in the big school and there was a good attendance of old boys and others interested in the school. The names of the fallen heroes are as follows:– 2nd Lieut. T.B. Bellamy, Captain C.D. Bennett, 2nd Lieut. T.D. Broughton, Captain C.W. Brown, Gunner Philip Brown, Corporal H.S. Caw, Sergt. J. Cockerill, 2nd Lieut. H. Colley (master), Major M.E. Cookson, 2nd Lieut. E.G. Goodman, 2nd Lieut. F.H. Gill, Private W. Hartley, Rifleman W.M. Jowett, Lieut. H. Knowles, 2nd Lieut. C.H. Lee (master), 2nd Lieut. J.C. McIntyre, Captain J.B. McKay, Lance-Corporal A.J. Metcalfe, J.H. [E.] Metcalfe, Private E. Platt, Private C.T.W. Rigby, 2nd Lieut. W.A. Rodwell, Sergt. A.F. Ryder, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple (master), Private F. Thornton, Rifleman H. Tindall, Sergt. H. Walker, Gunner Herbert Watson, 2nd Lieut. Alec Wilson, Private Cameron Wilson, 2nd Lieut. Ian Wilson.

Among the old boys who have gained distinctions are the following:– Military Cross, Second-Lieutenant J.G. Berry, Second-Lieutenant J.B. Hartley, Captain J.T. Hurst, Lieut. P. Jowett, Lieut. J. Petty, and Capt. T.B. Pollard (master); Distinguished Conduct Medal, Corpl. W.A. Murgatroyd; Mentioned in Despatches, Lieut. J. Pethybridge, Capt. Allan Wilson, and many others.

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