The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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George Frederick Lee

LEE, George Frederick

George Frederick Lee was born in 1898 in Park Village, Wolverhampton to John Samuel Lee and Elizabeth Hewitt. He was the fifth of their surviving eight children, one other dying in infancy. John Lee was a ‘Galvanised Sheet Iron Sorter’ in the 1891 census, a ‘Warehouseman in Galv. Works’ in 1901 and a ‘Clerk in the Galvanized Sheet Trade’ in 1911. The family lived in Bridge Street, Heath Town in Wolverhampton and George, aged thirteen in 1911, was still at school.

George Lee enlisted in Wolverhampton in the Northumberland Fusiliers as a Private, Service Number 17025. He was with the 12th Battalion which fought at the Somme, and despite that battle ending in November 1916 he suffered shell shock in December 1916. He was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps and in October 1918 he was with the 468th Protection Company in Ireland.

Presumably returning to England on leave George Lee travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton and on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour.



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