Frederick Lee (1895-1917) was born on November 19, 1895, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Though born and raised in Canada, he was of Chinese descent. His mother was listed as living in the province of Canton, China. The only family he seemed to have in Canada was his brother, Thomas, to whom he left all his belongings in his will. Lee worked as a farmer in Kamloops before enlisting with 172nd (Rocky Mountain) Battalion on March 13, 1916. He left Canada for Europe that October. Upon arriving in England, the 172nd Battalion was absorbed into the 27th Reserve Battalion. On February 2, 1917, Lee was transferred to the 47th Battalion and landed in France. He was killed in action in either France or Belgium on August 21, 1917.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: November 19, 1895
Date of Attestation: November 13, 1916
Age at Enlistment: 20 years, 4 months
Prior Military Service: No
Height: 5 feet, 5 inches
Weight: Not indicated
Description: Dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair. Church of England.
Home Address: Kamloops City, British Columbia
Details of Family: Brother, Thomas William Lee, living in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Next of Kin: Thomas Lee—Brother
Theatre of War: England, France
Casualties / Medical History
- September 22, 1916 - Lee is examined in Vernon, British Columbia, and found to have a “slight deficiency in chest measurement.” His chest “will develop with training,” according to the medical officer. (Page 11)
- August 21, 1917 – He is killed in action. (Page 6)
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- October 31. 1916 – He arrives in England on the SS Mauretania. (Page 6)
- December 14, 1916 – In a handwritten will be bequeaths all of his property and effects to his brother, Thomas W. Lee. (Page 5)
- August 20, 1920 – There is a note that he is not eligible for the 1914-15 Star. All memorials are to be sent to his mother, Wong See Lee, who lives in China, in care of “Mr. Fred. Fulton, of Messrs. Fulton, Morley & Clark Barristers” in Kamloops, British Columbia. (Page 19)
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