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James Lees / 24th Oldham Battalion
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:39:17 PM »
My great uncle James 'Kid' Lees is on this photo  partially covered with a fingerprint.

He was born in Royton on the 20th Dec 1893.

His nickname 'Kid' is from his boxing career.  His army number was 14788. He joined at Oldham 18th Dec 1914 as a Private, he was made an unpaid Lance Corporal on the 30th Sept 1915 and a paid Lance Corporal on the 3rd Nov 1915. He was made a Corporal on the 9th Jan 1916 and a Sergeant on the 1st Nov 1916.

 I have some more pictures that I will add and I also have a medal from Anzac Day Sports 1917  / 5th Army Infantry School and his 1914/15 Victory Medal.

 He signed up as a Labourer but I know he worked as a Fireman in  Oldham. He had numerous pubs in Oldham after the war and also worked at Platt Brothers Works in Oldham.
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