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Second Lieutenant James Denton Lee

James Denton Lee was born in 1890 into a greengrocer’s family near Northgate, Halifax, and had a younger sister, Kate.  

His father, William died in 1898, leaving his widowed mother with no alternative but to seek work where she could. Obtaining a position as a Foster Mother with the Sheffield Union Cottage Homes necessitated her putting her own two children into the Crossley Orphanage. The 1901 census shows James Denton Lee, aged 11, as a Resident Scholar in the Orphanage.


At one time James lived at Blackpool with his mother, and in 1908 he joined the Lancaster Yeomanry. In 1911 he was a commercial clerk living at Birkenhead. On the outbreak of War, he obtained a commission with the Manchester Regiment, before proceeding to Gallipoli; later he served in France, where he was badly wounded. Brought back to the UK, he died of his wounds in hospital at Leith, near Edinburgh on 22nd January 1918. He was brought back to Halifax to be buried in the family plot, grave 1645 at Lister Lane Cemetery on 25th January 1918.

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In affectionate remembrance of

Sarah Hannah, daughter of Thomas Edward and Nanney Denton, of Halifax, who died 14th Septr 1861, aged 14 months.

Also of Mary Jane, their daughter, who died 7th June 1862, aged 2 years and 7 months.

Also of James, their son, who died 2nd Decr 1870, aged 8 years and 3 months.

Also of Thomas Edward, their son, who died 10th Feby 1874, aged 9 months.

Also of John Edward, their son, who died 25th August 1875, aged 8 months.

Also of the above Thomas Edward Denton, who died 28th February 1885, aged 52 years.

Also of Nanney, wife of the above Thomas Edward Denton, who died19th May 1903, aged 66 years.

Also in loving memory of William Lee, son-in-law of the above Thomas Edward and Nanney Denton, born 22nd February 1863, at rest 19th October 1898.

Also 2nd Lieut. James Denton Lee, only son of the above William and Mary Lee, who died of wounds received in France, January 22nd 1918, aged 27 years.

Peace, perfect peace.

Mary Lee, 1868 - 1950, wife of William Lee, and perfect mother of Lieut. J.D. Lee.

Happily re-united.


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