Samuel LEES
Rank: Private
Service Number:14688.
Regiment: 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed In Action Wednesday 5th July 1916
Age 32
County Memorial Stalybridge
Commemorated\Buried Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood
Grave\Panel Ref: I. B. 8.

Samuel's Story.

Private Samuel Lees.

Mrs Lees, of 7 Ogden St, off Grosvenor Street, Stalybridge as received official information of the death in action of her husband, Private Samuel Lees of the Cheshire Regiment. For a letter which she has also had from second Lieutenant J. S. Appleton, it appears that he was killed by a shell during the big offensive on July 5th. The shell fell so close to Private Lees and three others were killed instantaneously. The officer paid Private Lees a glowing tribute.

“During the short time I have known your husband,” he wrote, “I have always found him a good soldier, and a man who was well liked by his comrades. He was a man who was not only willing but did make the greatest sacrifice that is possible to make for your country, and knowing this you should bear up and be proud of him.”

Private Lees was only 32 years of age he was formally employed at Messrs. Leech’s mill and was an esteemed member of the Stayley Ward No. 1 Liberal Club, Hassall Street. Mrs Lees is left with a young family of three children the youngest of whom was only born at Whitsuntide.

The Stalybridge Reporter, Saturday, August 5, 1916.