Charles Henry Lee

Royal Army Medical Corps

Personal Details

Born: 22 February 1891 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 18 March the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the second of seven children born to Richard Lee, a coach painter, and his wife Maria. He married Edith G Roe, nee Kemp, in 1933 in Coventry, Warwickshire and together they had one child, Kenneth R. Edith had five children from her marriage to John Roe (who died in 1928) – John L, Charles A, Irene E, William H and Albert W.

Residence: From the time of his baptism to at least 1891 he lived with his parents, siblings and his mother’s sister and husband in Leicester Street, Coventry. In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings at 22 Peel Street, Coventry and by 1911 they had moved to 9 Sandy Lane, Coventry. This was the address shown on his military papers. In 1939 he was living at 31 Bridgeman Road, Coventry.

Employment: He was a coach painter.

Died: In 1963 in Coventry, aged 72.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps

Rank: Private

Service Number: 43888

Date of Enlistment: 27 October 1914

Date of Discharge: 16 March 1915

Reason for Discharge: Not likely to become an efficient soldier

Medals and Awards

Charles was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 171217) on 16 March 1915

Silver War Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.



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