LEES, James Sykes

Rank: 
Company Sergeant Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
PO/X 1707
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Tuesday, March 31, 1914
Place of Birth: 
Walkerburn, Peebles
Died : 
Wednesday, June 6, 1945
Died on war service
Age: 
31
Company Sergeant Major James Lees MM, 'B' Troop,  died at Heiden Germany from a cerebral haemorrhage sustained in a Jeep accident.
He had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery, skill, and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945.
Recommendation
"TSM Lees has served throughout the campaign in Europe and has always shown himself to be a most outstanding and fearless SNCO. By his leadership and forceful character he has controlled his troop under the most difficult conditions when officers were either killed or wounded. On a great number of occasions and especially in recent months the personal actions of this SNCO has been directly responsible for the success of the troop battle and his fine and cheerful leadership has been an example to all."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
Recommendations for Honours and Awards / National Archives file WO373/47/84.
London Gazette 37318, page 5181.
The book "They Did What Was Asked Of Them" author Raymond Mitchell.
 
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