Service No: 104897
Interred in Bangor Cemetery
Edward Elliott Arthur Axford Lee was born in Dublin on the 21st June 1893. He was the son of Edward E. Lee and Eliza Lee (nee Axford) and the eldest of their six children. His father was a tobacco merchant operating out of premises at 23 Wellington Quay in Dublin, and Edward grew up at the family home in Lower Gardiner Street.
Working as a Solicitors Clerk when war broke out, Edward joined the Officer Training Corp and went to Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 26th June 1915 and had attained the rank of Captain by the end of the war. His brother, Harold, enlisted in the 10th Battalion in December 1915.
In July 1916, he married Ida Florence Hayes with whom he had three children and after the war he returned the the law. In the early 1920s, moving first to Craigavad, he took up a position as a law searcher at a legal firm in Arthur Street, Belfast.
Edward was a Freemason and in 1923 he became a founder member of the Ardath Lodge in the Freemasons Hall in Arthur Square in Belfast. It was also at this time tragedy struck the family when in August of that year they lost their 5-year-old son Teddie when he was struck by a motor car.
On the outbreak of the Second World War, Edward was recalled and commissioned into the RAOC and in 1941 took up the position of Commanding Officer of the Returned Stores Dept. in Templemore Street which was in the Ballymacarrett district of Belfast.
Edward died suddenly at his home on the Holywood Road, Belfast on 19th December 1946.
LEE – December 19, 1946, at his residence Hayeslee, Hollywood Road, Belfast, Captain EDWARD E. LEE, R.A.O.C., to the inexpressible grief of his Wife and Family. Funeral to-morrow morning (Saturday), at 10-30, from the above address to Bangor New Cemetery.
Belfast Telegraph, 20th December 1946
DEATH OF CAPTAIN E. E. LEE.
Captain Edward E. Lee, officer commanding the Returned Stores Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Templemore St., Belfast, has died suddenly at his residence, 208 Holywood Road.
Captain Lee was at Sandhurst in 1914, and served in the first World War with the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, attaining the rank of captain. Between the wars he carried on business in Arthur Street as a law searcher, and was well known in Belfast legal circles.
In October 1939, Captain Lee was re-commissioned with the R.A.O.C., and served in England for a year before taking up his position in Belfast.
He was a founder member of Ardath Masonic Lodge.
Captain Lee is survived by his wife, a son, Flight-Lieut. Arthur E. Lee, R.A.F., and a daughter, Mrs. William Lynn, who resides in London.
Belfast Telegraph, 20th December 1946
Death of Captain E. E. Lee
The death has occurred suddenly at his residence, 208 Holywood Road, of Captain Edward E. Lee, O.C., the Returned Stores Depot, Templemore Street, Belfast.
Captain Lee served in the 1914-1918 War with the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, attaining the rank of Captain. Afterwards he carried on business in Arthur Street as a law searcher and was well-known in Belfast legal circles. He was recommissioned with the R.A.O.C. in October, 1939.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Flight-Lieut. Arthur E. Lee, R.A.F., and a daughter, Mrs. William Lynn, who resides in London.
Northern Whig and Belfast Post, 21st December 1946
Funeral of Captain E. E. Lee
Captain Edward E. Lee, 108, Holywood Road, O.C., Returned Stores Department, Belfast, was on Saturday interred in Bangor Cemetery with full military honours. Chief mourners were Flight-Lieutenant Arthur E. Lee, R.A.F. (son), and Mr. H. F. Lee and Mr. Victor Lee, (brothers).
The War Office was represented by Major-General C. Causdale, C.B.E., and among those present was Lieut.-Colonel S. H. Hall Thompson, Minister of Education, an old friend of the family.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Thomas Johnson & Sons, Ltd., Bedford Street, Belfast.
Northern Whig and Belfast Post, 23rd December 1946