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11th Royal Sussex Regiment casualty pair

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1st Southdowns Battalion

Royal Sussex Southdowns Battalion casualty medals

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Western Front medal pair to Casualty Private C. Lee, 11th (1st South Downs) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment who died 3rd June 1917 aged 31 years.

British War and Victory Medals (G-6565 Pte. C. Lee. R. Suss. R.)

Remembered with Honour at the Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Husband of Florence Lee of Chailey Sussex.

Soldiers Died In The Great War records that Charles Lee enlisted at Kenley in Surrey. The 3rd Royal Sussex was the special reserve battalion which remained in England throughout the war. Charles first served overseas with the 12th battalion, Royal Sussex regiment, subsequently posted to the 11th Battalion (116th Brigade, 39th Division) because he was killed whilst serving with this battalion on Sunday 3rd June 1917. It was not until December 1917 however, that Charles’s name was recorded in the Chailey Parish magazine roll of honour. The information was recorded, incorrectly, as Private C Lee, 3rd Royal Sussex, killed in action, June 2nd 1917, in France. His death was reported in a casualty list published on the 9th July 1917.

The 11th Royal Sussex was also known as the 1st South Downs Battalion and had been formed on 7th September 1914 by Lieutenant Colonel Claude Lowther MP. All original enlistments (and there were 1,100 of them in under three days), were given an SD (South Downs) prefix to their regimental number.

At the time of his death, Charles Lee was married to Florence Lee and was living in Chailey. He was 31 years old. He was buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Ypres (VII F 4). On his tombstone are written the words: “UNTIL THE DAY BREAK / AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY”. Charles Lee is commemorated on the war memorials at Chailey and Chichester Cathedral.