Roderick Yelverton LEE-STEERE


LEE-STEERE, Roderick Yelverton

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 14 September 1940, Fremantle, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Merchant Navy
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 29 April 1916
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Hale School, Perth, Western Australia & St Peters College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Naval Officer
Died: Killed In Action, At sea, 29 June 1944, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wembley Downs Hale School Honour Roll 2, Wembley Downs Hale School Memorial Grove
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World War 2 Service

14 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Sub Lieutenant, HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle, Western Australia
14 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant
24 Jan 1944: Discharged Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant, SN Officer
29 Jun 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant, Merchant Navy

Two of Three sons


His parents have been notified by the Naval Board that Lieut Roderick Lee Steere has been reported missing as a result of the loss of the ship in which he was returning to Australia. Lieut Lee Steere is the third son, of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lee Steere, of 52 Mount-streeL He went to England three years ago as a sub-lieut in the RANVR and served in corvettes and minesweepers, later doing instructional work ashore. It will be recalled that Mr and Mrs Lee Steere lost their eldest son in the early stages of the war when serving with the RAF. - Daily Telegraph and North Murchison and Pilbarra Gazette (WA : 1920 - 1947) Friday 28 July 1944 p 3 Article

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Roderick Yelverton LEE-STEERE was born in Perth, Western Australia on 29th April, 1916

His parents were Ernest Augustus LEE-STEERE & Bridget Yelverton O'CONNOR who married in Perth in 1910

Roderick served in the Royal Australia Navy and was discharged on 24th January, 1944 - he died on 29th June, 1944 whilst serving in the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve during the sinking of the ship HMS Rhyl by the Japanese

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 93 , Column 1 in England


His brother Charles Augustus LEE-STEERE was Killed in Action at Dunkirk on 27th May, 1940