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Joseph Edward LEE

Regimental number94
Place of birthPimpinio, Victoria
SchoolPimpinio West State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAmes Avenue, Murrumbeena, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.5"
Next of kinMother, Ellen Forsyth, Lake Bolac, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Ellen FORSYTH (formerly LEE), Camperdown, Victoria, and the late James LEE. Native of Pimpinio, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, from Base, 4 May 1915.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 27 July 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 17 September 1915 (skin rash); discharged to duty, 4 October 1915; rejoined 8th Bn, Lemnos, 5 October 1915.

Admitted to Anzac Advanced Base from Camp Sarpi, 28 October 1915; rejoined Bn, 4 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 6 February 1916.

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

Promoted Corporal, 25 March 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 29 April 1916; rejoined Bn, 21 May 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Red Cross File No 1571010: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 30 Sergeant L.C. WILSON, 60th Bn, Machine Gun Section (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 9 November 1916: 'I saw this soldier in charge of two guns on our left. He got his gun into action about 60 yards from our parapet, had only fired a few rounds, when a shell landed close to him, killing Sergt. Lee.'

Second statement, 2830 Pte J. CAIN, Transport Section, 60th Bn, 7 December 1916: 'These men [Lee and six others unnamed] were certainly killed. I cannot give eyewitness details concerning them, but amsatisfied as to their deaths from what individuals have told me. After the action I was helping to bring down kits and other matierial (sic) nd made many enquiries ... Lee's dead body was seen lying out in No Man's Land by the few men of his Company who came back.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEE Joseph Edward
Red Cross File No 1571010

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