• Christina Drummond

Captain Noel Esmond Lee, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Captain Noel Esmond Lee, 8th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele. He was educated at Eton, and on leaving school in 1914 he entered the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He transferred to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in March of 1915, and in July was sent to France where he saw action on the Somme – he fought in the battle in Delville Wood (July to September, 1916) and was mentioned in dispatches. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Captain Lee's father, Brigadier General Noel Lee, was also a casualty of the Great War; he commanded the Manchester Regiment from 1906 to 1911, and during the early months of the war he served on the General Staff and as Commanding Officer of 127 (Manchester Territorial Force) Brigade, 42 Division. Brigadier General Lee died in June of 1915 at the age of 48, from wounds received during the Battle of Krithia. There is a brass plaque on the south wall of St. Mary’s church in Nether Alderley, where Captain Lee was born, in memory of him as well as his father. They are also remembered on the Styal memorial in Cheshire, re memorial, a memorial plaque in Broughton House, Salford (now a retirement home for service men and women) and also at Eton College. Captain Lee, from Chelford in Cheshire, was 20 years old.

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