Lee, William Charles

William was born at Newnham, Hertfordshire on 14 July 1884, the third son of James and Emily (nee Hills) Lee.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

William enlisted at Rugeley, Staffordshire on 24 June 1916, with the Reserve Forces and was called up at Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 14 May 1917 for service with the Royal Garrison Artillery, Regimental Number 160262.  He was initially posted to the Number 1 Reserve Brigade (Heavy Artillery) at Winchester, then served with the 121st Heavy Battery on the Western Front, France.  He survived the War and was demobbed on 21 February 1920.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

William is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

His military records list him as a drayman before enlisting.

He married Louisa Harris on 20 November 1909 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire.  It is not known if they had children.

The 1939 census shows them living in Ashwell with William Charles a brewery labourer.

William died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 30 August 1968.

William’s brother Thomas also served in the War and survived.

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