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William James LEE

Regimental number915
Place of birthCartarton New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMineral water manufacturer
AddressGlobe Hotel, Launceston
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs N G Lee, Tiro Tiro Road, Leven, Wellington, New Zealand
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 1 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706, (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165, (24 October 1918).

Military Medal


Altered from Meritorious Service Medal.
Recommendation date: 22 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For coolness courage and care of his horses under shell and Machine Gun Fire during the operations at DERNANCOURT on April 1st to 5th a party of his Battalion was living in the Front Line (Railway) near DERNANCOURT, carrying out mining work, Driver LEE on several occasions delivered material and supplies right up to the Railway Line, displaying the greatest determination and gallantry. His care for his horses has often been most conspicuous under very hazardous and trying conditions during the period February to September 1918.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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