John Alexander Lee Born 31 October 1890 - Died 13 June 1982 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service numberWWI 16560 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankInter War Private AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy Morrison, Robin. (1977) [John A. Lee]. Auckland War Memorial … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJohn Alexander AWMM SurnameLee AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberWWI 16560 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth31 October 1890 AWMM31 October 1890 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Place of birthDunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMMDunedin, Otago, New Zealand Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Birth notesDunedin, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW1 Barman AWMM Post war occupationPolitician AWMMJustice of the Peace AWMM 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 Campaigns1914-1919 Western Front AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service numberWWI 16560 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMMDCM. London Gazette, 14 August 1917. "(MESSINES 7 June 1917) For 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." London Gazette'- 14/08/1917 AWMMBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMMVictory Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 10 March 1916 AWMMWellington, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 26 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 26 July 1916 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM HMNZT 59 or HMNZT 60 AWMMVessel was Waitemata or Ulimaroa AWMMPrivate AWMM; 15th Reinforcements Specialist Machine-Gun Section AWMM; New Zealand Expeditionary Force 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 AWMMHeight, WWI AWMM5' 10" AWMMWeight, WWI AWMM147 lb AWMMOther, WWI AWMMNature of Injury: Loss left forearmPension: 28/-Percent of disability: [Not stated]Source: New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100% AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankInter War 16 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).Enlisted with rank of private and posted to G Company, 14th Reinforcements, Trentham Camp, Upper Hutt, 10 March 1916. Transferred to Specialist Company (Signals), 15th Reinforcements, 31 May 1916. Proceeded overseas from Wellington on board HMNZT 'Ulimaroa', 29 July 1916.Disembarked Devonport, England, marched into Sling Camp and taken on strength 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Auckland-Wellington Infantry Regiment, 28 September 1916. Struck off strength 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Auckland-Wellington Infantry Regiment, Sling camp, and proceeded overseas to France, 7 January 1917; disembarked and marched in to New Zealand Infantry and General Base Depot, Etaples, France, 9 January 1917. Taken on strength, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment, and posted to 9th (Hawke's Bay) Company, in the field, France, 5 February 1917.Attached New Zealand Wing Reinforcement Camp, France, 30 September 1917. Marched out on leave, 24 October 1917; rejoined battalion, 11 November 1917.Admitted to 11th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 December 1917 (influenza); discharged from hospital and rejoined battalion, 8 January 1918.Detached to 3rd Canadian Tunneling Company, 13 January 1918; ceased detachment and rejoined battalion, 18 January 1918.Wounded in action and admitted to No 1 New Zealand Field Ambulance, 12 April 1918 (gun shot wound, left hand); transferred to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 13 April, 1918 (amputation of left hand mid-forearm carried out); transferred to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 14 April 1918; evacuated from France to England on board HMHS 'Grantilly Castle', 17 April 1917; admitted to No 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst, England, 19 April 1918; transferred to No 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, 18 May 1918; discharged from No 2 New Zealand General Hospital, 9 October 1918. Supplied and fitted with McKay artificial limb, 22 April 1919.Struck off strength of Wellington Infantry Regiment, posted to Educational Department, NZEF Headquarters, and promoted to rank of Temporary Sergeant, 10 May 1919.Commenced return to New Zealand from Southampton, England, on board HMNZHS 'Marama', 9 June 1919.Disembarked in Auckland, New Zealand, 19 July 1919. Discharged as permanently unfit for war service on account of wounds received in action, 16 August 1919.Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory MedalPresent address (as listed in New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%): 57 Franklin Road, Auckland 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 name Grave reference 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 2016 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 ReferenceNew Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force…(Fulltext).http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_library-catalogq40-32506Further 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. AWMMNew Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%, compiled from returns supplied by the Commissioner of Pensions, in respect to: a) Permanent War Pensions, and from returns supplied by the Director-General of Medical Services, regarding: b) Discharged and undischarged hospital patients, assessed as suffering permanent disability, but not yet in receipt of a pension at date (28-4-20). New Zealand. Director-General of Medical Services. NZ Times Co. (Printer). AWMMNZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.