Stephen Hargill Lee (1894-1918)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- LEE, STEPHEN HARGILL, DCM and BAR. 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Sergeant. No 240076. Born Marsh 25.5.1894. Son of Henry and Ada E. Lee, 6 Springfield Place, Marsh. Educated Holy Trinity School, Huddersfield. Employed as a presser by Messrs W. P. Willis and Company. Single. Enlisted 4.8.1914. Awarded the DCM in January, 1918, 'for conpicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Always cheerful and absolutely fearless he was ever ready to undertake any dangerous duty, going out on four occasions and bringing in missing men. His courage and resource when in charge of an advanced Lewis gun post, under trying circumstances were magnificent. (London Gazette 17.4.1918). Awarded a bar to the DCM in December 1918 for, 'magnificent courage and good leadership during the attack on St. Python on 20.10.1918. Throughout the action he showed the greatest dash and when his platoon was held up by machine gun fire from a post containing two guns and at a barricade at a crossroad he crawled forward, covered by the fire of the platoon, and with only one other man rushed the barricade, himself killing two of the enemy, while his men completed the capture of the post and guns. Later he again encountered strong opposition from a post containing two trench mortars and a machine gun held by 20 of the enemy, killing and capturing the whole post. He at once led a bayonet charge on the position, killing and capturing the whole post. This NCO's fearless determination swept down the enemy's resistance at a time when the fortunes of the attack were in the balance and his fine example was a great factor in the complete success of the attack.' (London Gazette 12.3.1919). Killed in action at Mecquignies, near Maubeuge, on 7.11.1918, aged 24 years. Was buried originally in MECQUIGNIES CHURCHYARD but he was re-interred in MAUBEUGE CENTRE CEMETERY. Grave location:- Row B, Grave 17.
- ROH:- Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield; Huddersfield Drill Hall.
- Brother of Private HENRY LEE, died of wounds, 22.10.1917, and Private JOHN (JACK) LEE, who died of wounds, 29.5.1915.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Serjeant STEPHEN HARGILL LEE
- regiment: Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
- died: Thursday, November 7, 1918
- age: 24 years
- record ID: 7531446