John Alexander Lee Born 31 October 1890 - Died 13 June 1982 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number16560 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankInter War AWMMPrivate AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJohn Alexander AWMM SurnameLee AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number16560 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth31 October 1890 AWMM Place of birthDunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesDunedin, New Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMBarman AWMM Post war occupationPolitician AWMMJustice of the Peace AWMM Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMrs J. Lee (wife), Post-office, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number16560 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMMDCM. London Gazette, 14 August 1917. "(MESSINES 7 June 1917) AWMMBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMMFor conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During our offensive he showed great dash and coolness in attacking and capturing a machine-gun with its team. Later, when the advance was held up by an enemy post, he skilfully rushed it with two of his comrades, capturing two machine-guns and forty men." AWMMVictory Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 AWMM10 March 1916 AWMMWellington, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM26 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM26 July 1916 AWMMWellington, New Zealand AWMM26 July 1916 AWMMHMNZT 59 , HMNZT 60 AWMMWellington, New Zealand, Devonport, Devon, England AWMMDeparted - 26 July 1916 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM26 July 1916 AWMMNew Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM15th Reinforcements Specialist Machine-Gun Section AWMMWaitemata or Ulimaroa AWMMPrivate AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMMShattered arm inflicted 12 April 1918 AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankInter War AWMM16 August 1919 AWMMDischarged due to wounds AWMMPrivate AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › John Alexander Lee was born in Dunedin and was educated at Albany Street School. He worked at a variety of jobs on farms, factories and the Public Works Department, which he joined in 1909. In Who's Who in New Zealand (4th ed) he is recorded as having married Marie E. Guy, daughter of T.B. Guy, in 1919.He served in France with the 1st Wellington Regiment and was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry. In his history of the New Zealand Division (p. 199), Col. H. Stewart records the details of the Wellington company who pushed up the communication trench leading from October Support to Fanny's Farm (near Messines) and had to fight their way. "One man in this company, Pte. J.A. Lee, was prominent for fearless gallantry. He tackled single-handed a machine gun near the Wytschaete road and captured the 4 gunners, and later when the centre company was held up by an enemy post, he worked to its rear and rushed it successfully. In all this struggle the Stokes mortars gave valuable assistance, and here they ejected a machine gun from a concrete emplacement near the Wytschaete road, and silenced with 4 shells another troublesome one at the trench junction near Fanny's Farm. The left company [Wellington] secured 2 machine guns and 40 prisoners."The events which led to his wounding and loosing his left arm took place near Mailly Maillet in April 1918. The history of the Wellington Regiment records the events of April 1918 with the Battalion coping with mud which made the trenches difficult to walk through, cleaning up the trenches and digging a new support line. "On the 9th April, 1st Wellington relieved 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, in the line, while 2nd Wellington relieved 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade in support. At this time, the enemy was very inactive and our casualties were but slight." Nevertheless it was during this relatively quiet time that Private Lee was injured by a shell.After the war he began a career in politics, contesting the Auckland East by-election in 1921. He served as Member of Parliament for this district from 1922-28. In 1931 he won the Grey Lynn seat, defeated J.S. Fletcher, and was re-elected to this district in 1935 and 1938 polling record majorities for New Zealand on each occasion. He was Parliamentary Under-secretary to the Minister of Finance from 1936-39. An active Labour Party member he was president of the Auckland Labour Party; he served on the executive of the Auckland Returned Services Association (RSA).Amongst his publications were Children of the Poor (1934), The Hunted (1936), Civilian into Soldier (1937), and Socialism in New Zealand (1938). AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death92 AWMM Date of death13 June 1982 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathAuckland, New Zealand AWMM Death notesAuckland, New Zealand AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember John Alexander Lee by laying a poppy. Jason Lee John Lee John Alexander Lee John Henry Lee John Henry Lee Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of John Alexander Lee Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCunningham, W., Treadwell, C., Hanna, J. (1928). The Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F., 1914-1919. Ferguson and Osborn: Wellington, N.Z. Digital copy. NZETC.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-Well.htmlSources UsedStewart, H. (1921). The New Zealand Division 1916-1919 : a popular history based on official records. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe and Tombs. Digital copyhttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-Fran.htmlSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=10918694Further ReferenceFamNet: The Family History Network record pagehttp://famnet.net.nz/login_pages/Cenotaph.aspx?Systemid=C18106Further Reference DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM37: 28 AWMMLee, J.A. (1976). Soldier. Wellington, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.