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Gordon Scott LEE

Regimental number1979
Place of birthBathurst, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFitter
AddressThe Avenue, Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.10
Height5' 6.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs F Lee, The Avenue, Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Valuable services and courage in carrying despatches under heavy fire.

Military Medal


Courage and devotion to duty as Bn. runner. (16-22 September 1917)
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Robert and Sandra Crofts
Medals

Military Medal

'During the action 16th/22nd September 1917, east of YPRES, both these men [LEE and 4520 G.E. LEE], during duty as Battalion runners, particularly distinguished themselves by repeatedly taking messages from Battalion Headquarters to Cos. under the heaviest barrage fire, where all telephone communication had been cut. By their devotion to duty, communication was maintained at a critical period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date1 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kashmir', 9 March 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 1 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Cause of death: suicide
Date of death1 September 1920
Age at death27
Place of burialSt Thomas Cemetery, Enfield, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEE Gordon Scott

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