Lees, John H

John Hadfield Lees, Private 66620, 2nd Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died of wounds 24th August 1918 in France, aged 27

 

EARLY LIFE

 

WW1 SERVICE

The death of Private Lees was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 6 September 1918: 

Official news has been received by Mrs Lees, 22 Fowler Street, Macclesfield, that her husband, John Hadfield Lees, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, died of wounds sustained in France on August 23rd. Pte Lees, who was 27 years of age, was the son of Mr and Mrs Lees, who formerly carried on a Pork Butcher’s business in Queen Victoria Street, Macclesfield and now reside in Victoria Street, Crewe. Pte Lees enlisted in January 1917, about a month after his marriage, and was drafted out to France in May the same year. He was educated at Mill Street School and while in Macclesfield attended the Congregational Church.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private John Lees is buried at the Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Albert, France, in grave ref. II. O. 7. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Lees, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private John Lees is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 6 September 1918, 27 September 1918 (photo)


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