LEE, Edward James

Known as: 
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
CH/X 114366
Friday, January 23, 1925
Place of Birth: 
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Died : 
Sunday, June 11, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Edward Lee 45 Commando
Marine Edward Lee, from Leamington, died during operations at Normandy, France.
Extract from the 45RM Commando War Diary 11th June 1944
"At 0415 hrs the enemy shelled and mortared our positions heavily, causing some casualties.  At 0515 hrs an attack was opened on 'E' Tp but was driven back.  Until about 1030 the enemy kept up a continuous barrage of mortar and shelling.  'A' Tp was detached to No 3 Cdo as a fighting patrol.  In the afternoon and evening the enemy kept sending out patrols to probe our positions but were all driven back with heavy casualties.  A large patrol of 3 Offrs and 100 Other Ranks commanded by Maj I.N.N. Beadle went on to BREVILLE.  Patrol successful killing a great number of Germans."
Extract from the Leamington Spa Courier - Friday 14 July 1944
"News has reached Mrs. T.Lee, 25 John Street, Leamington, that her son, Edward (Ted) James Lee has been killed in action.  He was serving with the Royal Marine Commandos. Educated at St. Peter's R.C. School, New Street, he was always a keen and fine swimmer, and he held several certificates. On leaving school he secured employment with Messrs. F. Warner & Son grocers, High Street, and later with Messrs. G. Bradford builders. 'Ted' was also member the First-Aid Post and Civil Defence for the Warneford Hospital. Mrs. Lee has two more sons serving In the Forces—one with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the other with the Royal Artillery. Her husband, who died 12 months ago, had served In the Worcestershire Yeomanry during the 1914-18 war. "
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
War Diary transcripts on the Pegasus Archive website.
Leamington Spa Courier via The British Newspaper Archive. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of The British Library Board.
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