Hugh Rowe Daniel LEE

LEE, Hugh Rowe Daniel

Service Number: 4857
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Majorca, Victoria, Australia, April 1895
Home Town: Clunes, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: Clunes State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 25 September 1916
Cemetery: Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium
Plot III, Row T, Grave No. 3,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clunes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4857, Melbourne, Victoria
14 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4857, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4857, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
25 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4857, 14th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Hugh Rowe Daniel Lee enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne on 19 July 1915, aged just 20.

He embarked overseas on 14 March 1916 and landed in Egypt on 15 April 1916, where he joined the 4th (Brigade) Training Battalion at Tel el Kebir.

He departed Egypt on 6 June and arrived in Plymouth, England on 16 June 1916.

A month later, he left England and arrived in France on 26 July 1916, where he spent the next six weeks at the 4th Divisional Base Depot at Etaples.

On 6 September 1916, he was marched out and finally taken on strength of the 14th Battalion in the field at Gezaincourt, France.

The battalion moved north to Belgium and into the support trenches near Vormezeele from 15 September 1916 and it was here that Pte Hugh Rowe Daniel Lee was killed in action on 25 September 1916.

He was later buried in the Ridge Wood Military Cemetery in Belgium (date unknown).

Source: Extract from "Clunes War Memorial WW1" by Robert Wight, June 2022.