Great War 1914, Iraq Rebellion 1920, and long service group awarded to Trooper A. Lee, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, who saw service between June 1910 and February 1920. Present out in India with the outbreak of the Great War, he then saw service on the Western Front from November 1914. His regiment was present at Festubert and Ypres during 1915, on the Somme in 1916 and then returned to India in October 1917. Lee was discharged but the re-enlisted in February 1919, and saw service during the Iraq Rebellion in Mesopotamia in 1920 when his regiment formed part of the 7th Cavalry Brigade in the 18th Division. A qualified Farrier from September 1922, as of that year he was a member of the Administrative Troop of his regiment employed with the Regimental Headquarters when he formed part of the winning team of the Inter-Troop Hockey Competition.
Group of 5: 1914 Star; (4647 PTE. A. LEE. 1/D.GDS.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (D-4647 PTE. A. LEE. 1-D.GDS.); General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVR Coinage bust, 1 Clasp: Iraq; (D-35222 PTE. A. LEE. 1-K.D.GDS.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust; (393067 TPR. A. LEE. K.D.G.)
Condition: light contact wear, overall Good Very Fine.
Together with the following:
Recipient’s original Certified Copy off Attestation Certificate, issue in the name of Arthur Lee, dated 8th February 1931.
Soldier’s Service and Pay Book, issued to Lee, dated 11th April 1930.
Regular Army Certificate of Service Red Book, issued to Lee, dated 6th February 1931.
Recipient’s original King’s Dragoon Guards Certificate Presented on leaning the regiment, issued to Trooper (No.393067) Arthur Lee ‘in recognition off his Services in the Regiment between 20th June 1910 and 20th June 1931.
Character Letter for Lee, as issued on his discharge by the Captain Commanding the Regimental Headquarters Staff. Dated 23rd May 1931.
Group photograph with annotated names for the Administrative Troop of the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards - the winners of the Inter-Troop Hockey Competition in 1922. Lee is identified as serving as a Farrier, and is front row far right.
Arthur Lee was born on 10th February 1889 in Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, and having worked as a general labourer, then originally attested for service with the British Army on 20th June 1910, joining as a Private (No.4647 later No.393067) the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards. Present during the Great War, and the outbreak of the war his regiment was in India, and he then saw service with it on the Western Front from 11th November 1914. His regiment was present at Festubert and Ypres during 1915, on the Somme in 1916 and then returned to India in October 1917. Lee was discharged on 7th February 1919, but re-enlisted the following day as a Trooper (No.D-35222) with the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards.
Despite his regiment seeing service during the Third Afghanistan War in 1919, owing to his first discharge, Lee had been posted home on 8th April 1919, and did not return tov India till 22nd January 1920, when sent straight to Mesopotamia, and as such he saw service during the Iraq Rebellion in Mesopotamia in 1920 when his regiment formed part of the 7th Cavalry Brigade in the 18th Division. Lee was posted home with his regiment on 29th December 1920.
Lee qualified as a Shoeing-Smith on 27th December 1921, and then as a Farrier on 15th September 1922, and as of that year was a member of the Administrative Troop of his regiment employed with the Regimental Headquarters when he formed part of the winning team of the Inter-Troop Hockey Competition. Lee was posted to Germany with the British Army on the Rhine at Cologne from 12th October 1923, and then posted home again on 8th December 1926, and from 1st August 1927 was serving as part of the Cavalry of the Line, being eventually discharged on 7th February 1931. On his discharge a character letter noted that ‘he is a good gardener, both flowers and vegetable’.