LEE William Matthews

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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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  • Edith Weston Church
  • Edith Weston Memorial
  • Edith Weston Memorial 1
  • Aire Communal Cemetery 1
  • Aire Communal Cemetery 3
  • W M Lee 5
  • W M Lee 3
  • W M Lee 1
  • W M Lee 2

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4 images Some pictures of Mr Lee’s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Thursday 23rd April '15 at 7:46pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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