LEE, John

Rank: 
Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Friday, August 25, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
32
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Operations: 
Major John Lee, MC, LLB, the Second-in-Command,  died during operations at Beuzeville, Normandy. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Le Hamel.
Recommendation
This officer was given the task of leading the assault of two forward troops during the attack on Le Hamel 9472 on 11 June. The assault had to move over 400 yards of open ground including the crossing of two obstacles. The forward troops were under fire particularly from the flanks. The success of the assault was largely due to the magnificent leadership shown by Major Lee who moved in front othe main wave. In the subsequent street fighting Major Lee was always in front, he showed sound judgement and enterprise.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36676, page 4008.
National Archives file WO373/47/3.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM.
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 
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