LEES, Archibald

Rank: 
Private
Regiment/Corps: 
General Service Corps
Police Intake: 
Lancashire Police
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
14241677
Died : 
Thursday, September 3, 1942
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Age: 
25
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Private Archibald Lees, a former Police Constable from Lancashire, drowned in Loch Lochy during training.  He was seen after death by Capt.  J.E. Symondson RAMC, Medical Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre.
 
An article in the Lancaster Guardian reported that he was one of the Police intakes to the Commandos entering military service in July 1942.  The 2nd Police Intake to the Commandos consisting of 273 men attended the Commando Basic Training Centre for their Commando training from 23rd July 1942 until 23rd September 1942.
 
The CWGC does not show a Commando Unit. This would be correct if he died in training. Service as a Commando has therefore not been established. 
 
Sources;
Register of Deaths in the district of Kilmallie, ref. page 22, no. 66, via www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
Lancaster Guardian Newspaper dated Friday 11th September 1942.
CVA Gallery image of Courses at the CBTC.
 

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