Edgar Lees

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Rear-Admiral Edgar Lees, C.B.E., Royal Navy, Retired (11 May, 1866 – 10 September, 1925) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Lees was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 30 August, 1888.[1]

Lees served as Naval Aide-de-Camp to General Sir Redvers Buller at the beginning of the Second Boer War. There is a story that after a bloody reverse at the Battle of the Tugela Heights the general and his staff were dining in a tent, and Lees remarked, "Do they ever try Generals by court-martial in your service?"[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 30 June, 1900.[3]

Captain on 30 June, 1904.[4]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, Lees was placed on the Retired list on 20 November, 1906, at his own request.[5]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List dated 1 June, 1916.[6]

He was appointed a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) on 1 January, 1919.[7]

Bibliography

  • "Rear-Admiral Edgar Lees" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 14 September, 1925. Issue 44066, col B, p. 17.
  • Chambers, Admiral B. M., C.B. (1927). Salt Junk: Naval Reminiscences, 1881-1906. London: Constable & Co Ltd.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald H. S. Bacon
Captain of H.M.S. Hazard
1 Jan, 1903[8] – 1904
Succeeded by
Sydney S. Hall
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
28 Jul, 1904[9]
Succeeded by
Sydney S. Hall
Preceded by
Reginald H. S. Bacon
Captain of H.M.S. Thames
21 Oct, 1904[10]
Succeeded by
Frank Brandt
Preceded by
Reginald H. S. Bacon
Inspecting Captain of Submarines
21 Oct, 1904[11]
Succeeded by
Sydney S. Hall

 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25855. p. 5108. 11 September, 1888.
  2. Chambers. p. 317.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27211. p. 4433. 17 July, 1900.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27691. p. 4182. 1 July, 1904.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27969. p. 7817. 20 November, 1906.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29621. p. 5827. 13 June, 1916.
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 111. 1 January, 1919.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 324.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 317.
  10. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 385.
  11. Lees Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 376.

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