Lees, S C
SIDNEY/SYDNEY CHARLES LEES
Remembered with honour Loos Memorial: Panel 132.
He enlisted in London; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 4 July 1915, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Sydney’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about Sydney in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 9 October 1915; plus an In Memoriam from the Grammar School in the issue dated 25 December 1915.
Son of William Hiley and Emma Ann (nee STUBBS) LEES.
His parents married 12 September 1889 at St Nicholas’, Cottesmore, Rutland. Emma died 1932 in Watford aged 70, and was buried 29 February in North Watford Cemetery; William died 1959 in Watford aged 95, and was buried 18 January in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.
Sydney was born 23 June 1894 in Enfield, Middx, and baptised 12 August 1894 at Christ Church, Trent Park, Middx. He resided in Watford, and sailed from Southampton to New York on the S.S. New York 11 March 1914: a gardener aged 19, of Welbeck Abbey Gardens, next-of-kin his father of Watford. He returned 3rd class on the Lapland New York to Liverpool 19 November 1914, a gardener aged 21.
On the 1901 Census, aged 6 he lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, an apprentice gardener aged 17, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and one sibling.
Unit1st/14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish)
Date of death25/09/1915*
Age at death21
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)