Cecil Robert Lee



Dec 2, 1889

Born at Worthing Sussex England


Nov 6, 1913

Embarked the RMS Ascania at Southampton England



Nov 17, 1913

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec.   

He stated that he was on his way to join his brother, Harold Lee, at Winchester Ontario.  He gave his occupation as Butcher.  It is interesting that he listed the same occupation as his brother, and that he came to Canada on the same ship as his brother arrived on 3 months earlier


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59578 (temporary number 980)

Ø      Next of kin given as Alfred Lee (Father) of 38 Orme Rd, Worthing Sussex England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Butcher’s Clerk

o       Later changed to read Meat Salesman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o       He was later transferred to the Headquarters Company, Machine Section as their Transport Driver

o       He later joined the Pipe Band as a Drummer


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 17, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 28, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 9, 1917

At duty from leave


Nov 3, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 3, 1919

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Myalgia in his legs. 

He was transferred the same day to No 4 CFA


Mar 11, 1919

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Mar 25, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford and shown on leave


Apr 1, 1919

Next of kin changed to read Mrs Beatrice Lee (nee Newman) (wife) of Munmere, Angmering Sussex


Apr 14, 1919

Ceases to be on leave and posted to the Depot Coy of the EORD at Seaford


May 22, 1919

On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 28, 1919

Embarked the RMS Adriatic at Liverpool with his wife Beatrice



Aug 5, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax and TOS (Taken On Strength) the Halifax Depot Clearing Services Command


Aug 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 396944

Ø      Rank on discharge Pte

Ø      Intended residence on discharge Ormond Ontario


Oct 30, 1919

1914-15 Star medal despatched to him at Ormond Ontario 

At a later date, the Victory Medal and British War Medals were sent to the same address


Nov 18, 1919

Address changed to read 390 Kent St, Ottawa Ontario


Aug 23, 1967

Deceased at Manotick Ontario



During his time in England with the 21st Battalion, he married Beatrice Newman of Sussex England.  They had at least one daughter. 

He served in the Militia post war with the 2nd Mounted Brigade, rising to the position of Brigade Major.  He also served as the Chairman to the Garrison Sergeants’ Association of Ottawa, organizing their annual Armistice Dinner.  

During World War 2 he served in the RCOC (Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps) and was promoted to rank of Capt. 

In civilian life, he retired from the Dept of Labour after 37 years service in Ottawa in 1957.


Shown above with his daughter while serving with the RCOC, and below astride his mount as the Brigade Major of the 2nd Mounted Brigade

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