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Name: Thomas Appleby LEE
Casualty No.: Ranks: Stoker 1st Class Initials: T A Service No.: PO/K/32961
Date of Birth : 02/05/1895 Place of Birth : Prudhoe, Northumberland. Age at Death: 23
Unit: HMS Penarth (based at HMS Pekin, Auxiliary Patrol Base, Grimsby, Yorkshire), Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s): Tyneside Z/3056 Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Place Enlisted: HMS Calliope, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, 9th January 1915.
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 2 Dean Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Drowned
Date of Death: Tuesday 4th February 1919
Place of Death: North Sea
Locally Commemorated: Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: St Cuthbert's Church Lych-gate 1914-1918, Allendale, Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Funeral cortege left from Thomas's aunt, Mrs R G Charlton, of 37 Tyne Street, West Wylam, Northumberland. Interment took place at Prudhoe New Cemetery, Northumberland.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 4
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 10th February 1919. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 15th February 1919.
Family Details:
Son of Jonathan and Jane Lee, of 2 Dean Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co Durham (subsequently of Allendale, Northumberland). Later of 204 Station Road, Wallsend on Tyne, Northumberland.
Notes : Thomas had enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 9th January 1915. He was drafted to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 24th June 1915, with Drake Bn, Royal Naval Division. He was invalided back to the UK, 4th December 1915, following a bout of diarrhoea. He was transferred to Stoker Unit, Royal Navy, 14th April 1916. HMS Penarth was patrolling off the North East coast when she hit a mine, resulting in the loss of all hands.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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