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James Lee

James Lee

Second Lieutenant James Lee of the Royal Field Artillery was awarded the Military Cross in 1918 “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in saving his gun detachment and all instruments when suddenly subjected to heavy fire.” According to an article that appeared in the Express & Star on 17 May 1918, the ammunition dumps had been set on fire time and each time extinguished, and Lee had “repeatedly, by his good shooting, driven back hostile aeroplanes, though his gun was being shelled at the time.” His address was given as 387 Newhampton Road, and he had previously been a bombardier in the Army and had returned from Canada at the outbreak of the war.

There are four possible births for James, so we need more corroborating information before we can piece together more of his story. The article does not say when he went to Canada either.