A Father and Son Family Group of 9 spanning over 50 years and three Monarchs. Who saw action at Omdurman in 1898, the Relief of Ladysmith as Rifle Brigade Mounted Infantry, and North Africa and Italy in World War Two – receiving a Mention for “Distinguished Service in the Mediterranean Theatre”.
Private Edward Lee, 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade, group of 4 comprising Queen’s Sudan Medal, 1899, (4086. Pte: E. Lee. 2nd R. Bde.), Queen’s South Africa Medal, 3rd type, four clasps, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, (4086 Pte E. Lee, Rifle Brigade) impressed naming, King’s South Africa Medal, two clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, (47086 Pte E. Lee. Rifle Brigade), Khedive’s Sudan Medal, 1896-1908, no clasp, unnamed as issued, contemporarily mounted for wear lightly toned very fine.
Lance Corporal Cyril Lee, Royal Engineers, group of 5 comprising 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, 1939-45 Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal with Mention in Despatched Emblem, all unnamed as issued contemporarily mounted for wear lightly toned very fine.
Mention in Despatches – London Gazette – 23rd of May 1946.
The King has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre: –
Sold with Bestowal slip confirming 5 medals and MiD Emblem and box of issued addressed to Mr C. Lee 11 Garth Terrace, Penyard, Merthyr Tydfil. South Wales.
Edward Lee was born on the 3rd of January 1878 at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, he enlisted for the Rifle Brigade on the 22nd of October 1895, stating his trade as Collier, he served at the Depot until 24th of February 1896 when he was posted to the 2nd Battalion. He served Home, 2d of October 1895 to the 22nd of September 1897, Malta 23rd September 1897 to the 11th of July 1898, Egypt 12th of July 1898 to the 1st of October 1899, (2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade present at the Battle of Omdurman, 2nd of September 1898), South Africa 2nd of October 1899 to the 24th September 1899, (2nd Battalion acted as Mounted Infantry at the Relief of Ladysmith) 24th of September 1902, Egypt 25th of September 1902 to the 17th March 1903, Home 18th March 1903 to the 21st October 1907, discharged top “A” Reserve after completing 12 years’ service with the Colours. Attested Rifleman on the 5th of November 1907 and served 4 years on the Reserve being Discharged Termination of Engagement on the 4th of November 1911.
His Service Papers confirm Nile Expedition of 1898, Occupation of Crete 1895, South Africa. Receiving the Sudan Medal for the Nile Expedition 1898, Queens South Africa clasps Belfast, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Kin’s South Africa 1901, 1902.
Edward married Mary Ellen in 1903 and they had 7 children, the youngest born on the 18th of August 1915 was Cyril.
Their address on the 1939 census was 11 Garth Terrace, Penyard, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
Cyril joined the Royal Engineers and served in North Africa and Italy receiving a mention in The London Gazette of the 23rd of May 1946 for “recognition of Gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre, his medals were posted to the family address of 11 Garth Terrace.
Mary died in 1965 and Edward the year later in 1966. In the UK Electoral Register Cyril was still living at 11 Garth Terrace, where he died on the 2nd of August 2011.