Lees, Eric Brown

Eric Brown Lees was a Major in the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry. At the age of 40 he was killed in action on 31 July 1918.

He is buried in Harponville Communal Cemetery.

Son of E B Lees J P of Thurland Castle Kirkby Lonsdale, husband of Mary F Lees. He was educated at Eton and Exeter College, Oxford and was a J P for Yorkshire, Lancashire and Westmorland.

He served in France with the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry, then returned to England due to ill health, going to The Curragh in Ireland with the 3/1st W and C Yeomanry. He then trained as an Infantry officer, and went to France a few weeks before his death, being then attached to the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) The war diary of their 10th Battalion records that Major Lees and a Lt W Taylor were killed by a gas shell, the Battalion at that time was holding the front line at Aveluy in the Somme Department, Northern France. Lt Taylor is also buried at Harponville.

Major Lees is named on the war memorial in Tunstall and there is a memorial window to him in Tunstall church.