William George Lee

Aug 6, 1889

Born in North Gwillimbury Township, Ontario to George and Emma Alberta (nee Linstead) Lee


Apr 3, 1912

Married to Louise Mary Fielder at Coboconk, Ontario


Mar 23, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Woodville, Ontario

 Ø  Number 724138

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Mary Louise Lee, wife, RR #2 Woodville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 45th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

His brother, George Herbert Lee had attested into the battalion 5 days earlier.  Both brothers served in “C” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, near Longmoor, Hampshire


Aug 16, 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion along with his brother George


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

William and George left the base depot together and joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve in the town of Bully Grenay


Jan 17, 1917

William Lee was killed in action during a trench raid carried out by the 21st Battalion at Calonne and he was buried in the Maroc British Cemetery in the village of Grenay, France


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his wife, Mrs. Mary Louise Lee, Bexley Post Office, Victoria County, Ontario

 A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Emma Lee, Woodville, Ontario



Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, William’s brother George Herbert Lee was wounded and died the following day


William and his brother are honoured on the Woodville, Ontario War Memorial

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