5 september 1896
10 february 1900
24 june 1906
19 october 1909 - 20 october 1912
28 october 1914
Gazetted Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
Served in the South African Campaign
Took part in :- The operations in Cape Colony , south of Orange River 1899
- Natal 1899
- relief of Ladysmith, including actions at Colenso
- operations of 17 to 24 january 1900 and action at Spion Kop
- operations of 5-7 february 1900 and action at Vaal Kranz
- operations on Tugela Heights 14 -27 february 1900 and action at Pieter's Hill
- operations in the Orange Free State april and may 1900
- operations in the Transvaal june 1900
- operations in the Transvaal , east of Pretoria july 1900
- operations in the Transvaal , west of Pretoria july to november 1900
- operations in the Orange River Colony may 1900
- in the Transvaal from 30 november 1900 ( was wounded and Mentioned in despatches
London Gazette 10 september 1901 )
- He received the Queen's medal with six clasps
Was Adjutant to a Territorial Battalion (The Artists' Rifles)
Proceeded with his Battalion to France
Killed in action near Kruiseeck
An officer referring to this action wrote :
'Our men fought desperately from nine o'clock till six , when the Germans withdrew ,and our little remnant was ordered to retire.
We have only about 400 men left out of over 1000 and hardly any NCO's.
No fewer than eight officers of the Battalion were killed.'
An NCO of the Battalion gave the following account of Captain Lees' death:
' The Regiment was holding an important position for eight days , during which time we were subject to the heaviest shell fire.
Captain Lees was killed by a piece of shrapnel and was last seen by another man and myself in the open.
We were then retiring with enemy on top of us.
The enemy gained about six hundred yards of ground, but were pushed back by the 1st Army Corps.
Your brother was no doubt buried by the reinforcement that came up to our aid.
He was an officer , both brave and daring, who would always trust his men , and beloved and repsected in return.
Confidence in him was all that made us stick the shell fire as we did.'
He was a member of the United Service Club and of the Alpine Sports Club and had won many prizes for Swiss sports, toboganning, ski-ing , etc..
25 april 1915
Gazetted to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Served in the South African Campaign being mentioned in despatches and received the Queen's and King's medal with clasps.
Killed in action at St. Julien