John Stanley Havelock LEES


LEES, John Stanley Havelock

Service Number: 323
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wanaaring, New South Wales, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Goulburn, Goulburn Mulwaree, New South Wales
Schooling: South Goulburn Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Amens, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
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World War 1 Service

9 Nov 1915: Involvement Sergeant, SN 323, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Sergeant, SN 323, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Wililam and Rebecca LEES

On or about 19th July, 1916 at Forreaux near Armentieres, he [Lees] was hit through the hand first, standing next to me. He turned to show me his hand, when he was shot through the heart and dropped dead ... At the time we were digging a trench through to the German trenches, it happened about half way between. It was just getting dark at the time.'

Second-Lieutenant J. S. Lees, of the 30th Battalion, was killed in  action on July 20. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lees,
of "'Bois Chere," Goulburn, and was 26 years of age. Lieutenant Lees went to New Guinea in August, 1914, with the force despatched there. He was then private, but returned with the rank of corporal. He joined the Expeditionary Force as a private, but became a sergeant major before leaving for the front, and on the 12th March, 1916, he was promoted to the rank of second-lieutenant The date of his departure for Egypt was November 9, 1915. The deceased officer was a splendid type of young fellow and of fine physique. The deepest sympathy will be felt for his bereaved parents and relatives.
Lieut. Lees had an uncle (Corporal David Lees) killed at Gallipoli. A brother of the young officer is at present with the forces.