b. 29/05/1918 Yorkshire. d. 24/05/1984 Barnsley, Yorkshire.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 11/11/1947 Barnsley, Yorkshire.
He was 28 years old and working at Wombwell Main Colliery when a roof fall occurred at about 4pm, burying three men. The first man on the scene was George Dorling, who had climbed over the fall in an attempt to reach the trapped men, He called for assistance and was followed by three men but the roof again began to move and a second fall occurred. The three men were able to withdraw but Dorling could not escape and was killed instantly. Shortly afterwards Lee arrived on the scene and it was clear from their shouts that two of the men trapped by the first fall were still alive. Lee then took the lead in making a way through the fall and after some 2 hours one of the men was extricated alive. Lee was instrumental in saving the man's life at great personal risk. He and Dorling were both awarded the Edward Medal, which Lee later exchanged for a GC.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: ARDSLEY CREMATORIUM, ARDSLEY, YORKSHIRE.