Roll of Honour of the 710 men of Hyde who fell in WW1
Lance Corporal 10374 John LEE of 1st Bn., South Wales Borderers
Killed in Action Wednesday 21st October 1914, Langemarck, Ypres, Belgium, age 22
|Home address:||8 Muslin Street*, Newton, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Born:||1892, Hadfield, Derbyshire|
|He enlisted in:||Hyde, Cheshire|
|Remembered:||Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 22|
|Link to Hyde:||Enlisted in Hyde|
From the North Cheshire Herald, 21st November 1914, page 8, column 4:
This simple and straightforward missive, paying such great tribute to the dead hero has been written by Sergt. Belford, in a hospital in Malton. Corporal Lees was in the South Wales Borderers, with whom he had been serving as a regular for over three years, he having been in the army about four years altogether. Previous to enlisting he attended the United Methodist Church, Muslin Street, Newton, where he was very well known, and held in the highest esteem. He was a keen soldier, and when ordered to the front, had completed six months training for Gymnastic instructor in the army. His regiment during the time they have been at the front has been through some terrible engagements, and the whole regiment has suffered considerably. Since leaving for the fighting line, he has been promoted from Lance-Corporal to Corporal, the photograph above depicts him with Lance-Corporal's stripe.
The above report gives an incorrect name and rank but the facts do refer to Lance Corporal John LEE
* Muslin Street is now Talbot Road. See our notes on Old Place Names.