Author Topic: William Lees  (Read 1857 times)

Offline Supatramp

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William Lees
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:20:59 PM »
I wonder if any of you good people can help me.

My father, William George Hart Lees, was a member of the Manchester Regiment, but other than the fact that he once said that he was at Dunkirk, little was known of his activities.  So the questions I have are as follows:

1.  Why would my father, who was born and bred in Glasgow, join the Machester Regiment?
2.  I know that he was in Italy, in Rimini, and also he was given the choice, and chose to visit Ephesus, because of it's connection to the apostle Paul, in the Bible.
3.  For years, we got a Christmas card from someone in Austria, obviously a contact from the war.
4.  I know he was in Iceland.  I think he was a signaller, had a horse at some time, and rode a motorbike.
5.  Because he was in communications in the army, we found after he died, his letter applying to the then Post Office Telephones, an application which was successful and where he worked for the rest of his life.  Latterly of couse, it became BT.

If anyone can give me any info, or clues of where to look for answers to my questions, I'd be very grateful.


Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: William Lees
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2019, 06:18:43 PM »
What a pleasure to  receive a query which already contains so much detail.  Your father certainly spent WWII with the Ashton-under-Lyne 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  The Ninth had a most distinguished line of service extending from the BEF in France to occupational service in Austria.  Demobilisation was completed by January 1946. 

Following the evacuation of the BEF the battalion was based in Scotland for a short time and it is likely that your father then joined the Ninth.  Off to Iceland between 1940 and 1942 and  then in 1944 to Italy, later  to Greece and Austria.  You mention Rimini which is where they took part in heavy fighting in September 1944.

You will find losts of detail in my book 'Volunteer Infantry of Ashton -under-Lyne'.  Now long out of print but avaiblle through the inter-library lending service.
I hope that you find this of interest.

Offline charlie

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Re: William Lees
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2019, 07:28:46 AM »
David, welcome to the forum.
As conscription was in force it is possible that he did not have any choice as to which regiment he was sent.

Do you know his service number? As there is also the possibility he had first served with another regiment.

His service record should be available from the MoD, follow the links


Offline PhilipG

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Re: William Lees
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 11:47:38 AM »

In my experience in WW2, it was called "the exigence of the Service".      (Item 1 in your query).    PhilipG.