Trooper William Mathews Lee of the Leicestershire Yeomanry farmed at Edith Weston. He was the son of Thomas and Edith Lee of Messingham, near Gainsborough, and was born there on 8 February 1890. He was educated at Thorne Grammar School, and came to farm at Wychley Warren in April 1907. He joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry in December 1914. William went out to France on 28 March 1915, and took part in the Battle of Frezenberg (see also Percy Evans-Freke) on 13 May 1915. It was a desperate action fought outside the town of Ypres when the Leicestershire Yeomanry, with other dismounted cavalry units, took over the lines just in time to meet the brunt of a determined German attack. William survived fourteen hours of intense hand-to-hand fighting in which the line was held, but was killed the following year, on 9 March 1916, at Aire-sur- la-Lys, from a wound in the leg by a rifle grenade, followed by amputation and subsequent septic poisoning. He was buried in the Communal Cemetery at Aire-sur-la-Lys, grave I.D.7, and is remembered on the Edith Weston war memorial.
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