John Walter Lee
Private 2318 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 1st/8th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 4th August 1915 : Aged 19
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial - Panel 39 and 41.
Born and raised in Hucknall Huthwaite a son of Walter and Hannah Hill Lee addressed at The School House, on Blackwell Road, Huthwaite.
Notts Free Press – August 1915.
The war has claimed two more Huthwaite young men as victims. They are Private John Walter Lee, second son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Ley, of Blackwell road, and Private George Henry Starkey, son of Mr. J. Starkey, Sutton road. The former was only 19 years of age and the latter 21, and both enlisted early in September last. The father of Private Lee is well known in the town as a strenuous Parish Church worker and churchwarden for many years. The news of both fatalities has been sent to Huthwaite by regimental chums of both heroes.
The following has been received by Private Lee's family from Private W.H. Oscroft, 2403, C. Company, 8th Battalion Notts. and Derby, a Sutton man who enlisted after the war broke out:- "Just a few lines to let you know that I am in good health and spirits, but I am sorry to tell you the sadness of your son Walter getting killed. We have had a good many jokes with one another since we have been out here, and I am very sorry to tell you we have lost a good lad. He was always ready to do anything, and was always well respected by our Company officers and men. We have lost a lot of men since we came out to France, and I want ot let you know that Walter died a hero, and anyone who writes to you will say the same. We have been in the thick of it lately, and we never know how long we are going to be before it is our turn; we are well one minute and gone under the next. So please accept by greatest sympathy, and I send the same to all at hom." The letter is dated August 6th. Another letter received locally mentions Private Lee's death, and states that he suffered no pain.
Mansfield Advertiser – 20th. August, 1915.
MEMORIAL SERVICE AT HUTHWAITE
On Sunday evening in Huthwaite Parish Church, a memorial service was held in honour of Private J.W. Lee, 8th. Notts and Derbyshire, and G.H. Starkey, 2nd. Lincolns, both of whom have been killed in action. There was a large congregation, and the military element was represented by the Sutton Citizen Army (under Mr. C.O. Wright) Sutton Cadet Corps (Lieutenant Wilson and Sergeant-Major Robinson) and Huthwaite Scouts, Boys’ Brigade, and Cadets (Sergt.-Major Hall). The Rev. Beswick conducted the service.
HUTHWAITE TERRITORIAL’S DEATH
Private W. Lee, of the 8th. Batt. Sherwood Foresters, was killed in action “somewhere in France” on August 5th. Private Lee was only 19 years of age, and prior to the war resided with his parents at the Old Schoolhouse, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite.
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