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Servicemen Biographies

Albert Lees

Burntwood Family History

Researched and written by June Magill

Albert LEES was born on the 18th August 1896 in Chase Terrace, Staffordshire. He was the 15th child of Jonas LEES and his wife Lucy. 

Jonas LEES was born at Walsall Wood, Staffordshire on the 29th July 1855 the son of William LEES and his wife Susanna. Lucy THOMPSON was born at Burntwood, Staffordshire on the 24th June 1855 the daughter of James THOMPSON and his wife Sarah. Jonas and Lucy had a family of 17 children and lived for a time at Prince Street, Chase Terrace before moving to The Green, Burntwood. 

As a young boy, Albert attended Burntwood No 1 Board School, in Church Road Burntwood.

Burntwood Number 1 Board School (*1)
 
After leaving school, Albert worked as a miner at Fair Lady Colliery at Heath Hayes, Staffordshire

Fair Lady Colliery (*2) Of the 17 children of Jonas and Lucy LEES, three of their sons, Albert, James and Jonas fought in the First World War. When war was declared, Jonas LEES was in Australia and joined the Australian Army. He was badly gassed and lost his power of speech but survived the war. James lost his life in the war. On the 11th September 1914, Albert enlisted at Lichfield. He joined the 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment as Private No 13144.

James and Albert LEES (*3) 

After training Albert was drafted to the front where he contracted enterio fever, later he suffered from frost bite and spent some time in Egypt, returning to the front in March 1917. He had been home on furlough only twice in 3 years. On the 27th July 1917 aged 20, Albert died fighting in Flanders France. 

Albert is buried in No Mans Cot Cemetery Ieper West-Vlaanderen Belgium. The cemetery is located to the North-East of the town of Ieper, and his memorial is A. 29.

No Mans Cot Cemetery (*4)                      No Mans Cot Cemetery plan (*5)

 On the 31st August 1917, a tribute to Albert appeared in the Lichfield Mercury. It read:- Mr and Mrs Jonas Lees of Burntwood received official news their son Private Albert Lees of the South Staffordshire Regiment had been killed in action. After training he was drafted to the front where he contracted enterio fever, later he suffered from frost bite and spent some time in Egypt,
returning to the front last March. He had been home on furlough only twice in 3 years.
 

Albert is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Lichfield Cathedral.

South Staffordshire Regiment Memorial Stone

(*6)     South Staffordshire Regiment Roll of Honour (*7)

 Albert’s brother James LEES died on the 20th September 1917, less than 2 months later.

 Item, Source and Credit 
(*1)      Photograph © Alan Betts (BFHG)
(*2)      Photograph © Unknown
(*3)      Photograph © June Magill (BFHG)
(*4)      Photograph © (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
(*5)      Photograph © (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
(*6)      Photograph © Alan Betts (BFHG)
(*7)      Photograph © Alan Betts (BFHG)
 

 

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