Malvern College First World War Casualty

Private Alfred Robin Martyn Lees

Photo of Alfred Robin Martyn Lees
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1900 - 1902.

Regiment: Army Service Corps.
Died: 21 March 1918 aged 34 in France. Killed in action near Ecour.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial P 95

Son of James Arthur Lees, J.P., and Lucy Jane Lees, The Moor House, Congleton, Cheshire, b. 1884.
Lower Modern III - Modern I.
Victoria University, Manchester; B.Sc. Tech. 1912.
Director Chamber Colliery Company.
Great War, Private A.S.C. 1914, attd. 2nd/1st North Midland Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps .

'Lees was in Modern I when he left to proceed to the Victoria University, Manchester. Here he studied mining engineering, took the B. Sc. Tech. degree, and became Assistant Manager and Director of Chamber Colliery Co. He enlisted in August, 1914, and before the end of the month was in France as a Motor Transport Driver. He was twice recommended for a Commission, but an unfortunate impediment of speech prevented these recommendations taking effect. On March 21st, 1918, when driving an ambulance for the R.A.M.C, he volunteered to try and get the wounded away from Ecour; the ambulance was destroyed by machine-gun fire, and it is presumed that he was killed in what was described by his commanding officer as "a most gallant and self-sacrificing attempt."' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Biography at Biddulph society