John Lee - suggestions please.

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John Lee - suggestions please.

Postby Ashbee » 17 May 2017 17:12

John Lee, (1864-1956, born Isleworth, Middlesex) gave this information about his army career in an interview in 1955, the year before he died aged 91:

*served six years with the Army horse transport (prior to 1887)
*Twice recalled to the colours and served throughout the Boer war and the 1914-18 war.
*One of his adventures in South Africa was being 'captured' by an Irish regiment which took him for a Boer spy and threatened to shoot him. He was without uniform after taking part in an arduous campaign and he lost his unit while on a secret cross-country march. After a month in a prisoner-of-war cage, however, his identity was established beyond doubt.

I've trawled online for John Lee's service records unsuccessfully. I know he was in London in 1899 when he married, and again for the 1901 census. In civilian life he had a long career with the LGOC as an omnibus driver (1895-1929)but in 1899 he is shown as a farrier on his marriage certificate and as a reservist in 1900 on his daughter's baptism entry. Can anyone throw some light on the 'facts' that I have and suggest where I might look next?

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Postby Waggoner » 18 May 2017 00:50

Have you looked at the Medal Index Cards on either the National Archives or Ancestry sites? They might provide some information about FWW service.

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Postby crimea1854 » 18 May 2017 07:32

It might be worth a search of TfL's staff records:https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/assets/downloads/tflarchives_staffinformation.pdf

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Postby Ashbee » 18 May 2017 20:34

Sorry, I thought I'd replied to you both but I clearly forgot to press 'post'. :oops:

John would have been around 50 in 1914 so I've been sceptical about any WW1 military service - is it possible at that age? To be honest the Medal cards don't offer enough info to be sure I've got the right a John Lee. I might be wrong...

I've looked at LT records several times without any luck, just the 1955 interview in the staff mag that I took the above details from. I wondered if he had taken part in the bus fleet that drove soldiers to the front but the LT museum couldn't help.

I do know his step son enlisted in the army in 1903, is it possible he might have joined a regiment that his step father had been part of, would that be a possible link?
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Postby Waggoner » 18 May 2017 21:46

Given the initial information' I thiught that he might have served in the C&TC during the Egyptian campaigns in the 1880s. Howeverm Mark Reid's book "No Complaint or Failure" does not list him. There was a J.T. Lee but he was supply, not transport.

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Postby Ashbee » 19 May 2017 08:19

Well, thank you for looking anyway.
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