Alfred Morgan Lee (1901-1975)

Alfred Morgan Lee was a journalist and editor for the Huddersfield Examiner.


He was born in Thurlstone in 1901, the son of foreman John William Lee and his wife Sally. He was one of seven children, including an adopted son.

In March 1921, he travelled third-class aboard the Corsican from Liverpool to Saint John, Canada.[1] He appears to have spent two years in the Canada, possibly working as a teacher, before returning to England in March 1923 aboard the Montrose.[2]

It is assumed that he began working in a junior capacity for the Huddersfield Examiner newspaper on his return.

He married Nellie Brierley in 1924.

In 1936, he was one of only 25 British journalists permitted to attend the Berlin Olympics. He later recounted of his experience meeting the Führer: "Hitler and I stared at each other, both of us puzzled what to do next."[3]

Lee was appointed War Correspondent for the Examiner following the retreat at Dunkirk during the summer of 1940, but had been previously been dispatched to France during the winter of 1939/40.[4]

In his book, As I Saw It (published December 1945), Lee recounted his many wartime experiences, which included accidentally entering a German occupied town before it had surrendered to the Allies, sharing a bottle of champagne with a four freshly-liberated Huddersfield prisoners-of-war at Offlag 79, and the unspeakable horrors he experienced at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

He became Joint Editor of the Examiner in 1959 and Chief Editor in 1965, before retiring in 1967. He was a member of the Press Council from 1961 to 1973.[5]

His son, Ivan, was the Editor of the Examiner from 1976 to 1991.[6]

Alfred Morgan Lee died in 1975, aged 73.


Notes and References

  1. The passenger list gives his occupation as "clerk".
  2. His home address is given as "104 Hoyles Terrace, Longwood, Huddersfield."
  3. "Bringing a new moment in the Examiner's historic record" in Huddersfield Examiner (12/Dec/2008).
  4. As I Saw It (1945) by Alfred M. Lee.
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  6. "Letters found in Crosland Moor loft bring horror of World War Two to life" in Huddersfield Examiner (26/May/2013).