Date of birth: 8 March 1892
Date of death: 26 March 1918
Killed in action aged 26
No known grave
Michael Philip Edward was born in Yorkshire, the only surviving son of William Frederick Lee and his wife Renee Elizabeth Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington. His father was Handicapper to the Jockey Club and, until 1899, had extensive stables of his own.
The Lees, who also had five daughters, belonged to Grove Hall, Knottingley, Yorkshire but lived at various other addresses. At the time of the 1911 census, they were living in London, at 22 Princes Gardens with a large staff, although Michael was not at home.
Michael was educated at Eton and came up to Christ Church in 1911. He joined the 6th Dragoon Guards, was serving on 4 August 1914, and was killed in action.
He was awarded the Military Cross, posthumously, on 1 February 1919.
His name is on Panel 2 of the Pozieres memorial. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918.
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