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Frank Albert LEE

Regimental number3385
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
SchoolAuburn State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHammill Street, Donald, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinSister
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Mary LEE
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 22 February 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1570906, 3714 Pte W. CORIN (not CORRIN as on file), 59th Bn, 2 November 1917: 'I saw Frank the above named casualty destroyed by shell fire in the charge whilst going over with him in the 1st wave at Fleurbaix, 1916. He was killed by a machine gun bullet which went through his head. I saw the body again on my return.' Note on file: 'The searcher asked Corrin for an explanation as to why he appears to have lingered in making an examination of these bodies and he said he stayed behind risking his life in order to find his brother [3715 Edward Arthur CORIN, 59th Bn] who is still on the Missing List. He does not wish his mother to know that his brother is destroyed, but in the opinion of the searcher it is quite evident that he saw his brother's dead body. I did not press for this.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEE Frank Albert
Red Cross file 1570906

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