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Percy Victor LEE

Regimental number4534
Place of birthLondon, England
True NameLEES, Percy Samuel
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShearer
Addressc/o Mrs A M Cansdell, Waimalto, Louisa Road, Longnose Point, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs A M Cansdell, Waimalto, Louisa Road, Longnose Point, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Royal Field Artillery, British Army.
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 December 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
159
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Egypt, 22 March 1916.

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19/10 July 1916.

Now, 24 January 1917, reported as ' Wounded and Missing, 19/20 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1580107, 4501 Pte William GREEN, C company, 54th Bn (patient, Tooting Hospital, London SW, England), 19 May 1917: 'I was only about 30 yards away from Lee (sic) on his right when he was shot through the forehead by a sniper and killed outright. I saw him fall, and we had just taken the first line German Trench at Fromelles between Lille and Armentieres and Lee (sic) was killed as he was standing upright in the trench in the act of lighting a cigarette. We had to retire afterwards and I cannot say where he was buried ... He was killed on July 19th at about 7.30 p.m.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEE Percy Victor
Red Cross file 1580107
Red Cross file 1580406

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