Albert Lee

royal iniskilling fusiiers badgeCorporal, 9144, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds, 7th July, 1915, aged 26.

Born at Crowle in 1889 it is not yet been possible to positively identify Albert or his family. When he died in 1915 he appeared to have no immediate family left alive as his next of kin in Army records is given as a Miss Ethel Naylor.

Albert enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Sheffield in 1907. In 1911 he was with his Regiment in Hong Kong and they were in India when war broke out in August 1914. Recalled to England the battalion joined 87th Brigade in 29th Division and on 17th March 1915, embarked for with 29th Division for service in Gallipoli.

29th Division were the first British unit to land in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, with their role to sieze the beaches and prepare beacheads for the remainder of the British force. Three of the landings, including that of the 1st Royal Inniskillings on X Beach were relatively untroubled but those on the two main beaches, V and W Beaches on either side of the cape, met with fierce Turkish resistance and the landing battalions were decimated.
Following the landings the British then had to fight their way inland from them. By early June they had moved a few hundred yards up the cliffs, at the cost of several thousand casualties. On 28th June a further attempt, known as the Battle of Gully Ravine was made. This time 87th Brigade, including 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on the east side, made good ground up Gulley Ravine, capturing three lines of Turkish trenches.
On 1st July a further effort was made to extend the line. Known as the Battle of Krithia Vineyard, after initially progressing around half a mile into the Turkish lines, the 1st Royal Inniskillings had then to hold these gains against several strong Turkish counter-attacks. Which lasted through the night and into the next day. An action in which the battalion won two Victoria Crosses.
It is likely that Albert was wounded in one of these attacks. Evacuated to a hospital in Port Said, Egypt, Corporal Albert Lee there died of his wounds on 7th July, 1915. Albert is buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery.