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James LEE

Regimental number4822
Place of birthCharlestown, Newcastle, New South Wales
AddressVictoria Street, Carrington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs H Hetherington, Victoria Street, Carrington, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 16th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Note, Red Cross File No 1571008: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 4433 Pte C.M. BAKER, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 27 October 1916: 'Informant states that on July 20th 1916 at Fromelles, Lee was fighting beside him when he saw him fall. He was shot through the hip and Informant thinks he was killed.'

Second statement, 3069 Pte E. ISAACS, 54th Bn (patient, Colchester Military Hospital, England), 7 November 1916: Informant states tht on July 19th Pte. Payne saw Lee shot through the head.'

Third statement, 4941 Pte P.J. KENNEDY, 54th Bn (patient, 20th General Hospital, Etaples), 9 November 1916: 'I saw him dead in German trench at Fromelles.'

Fourth statement, 4493 Pte E.J. FULLER, 54th Bn (patient, No 5 General Hospital, Rouen), 29 November 1916: 'Informant states that he saw Lee lying dead in the German trench in the attack at Fromelles on date mentioned. He was shot through the head.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEE James
Red Cross file 1571008

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