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]


  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.


  • "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
Inspecting Captain of Submarines
1904 – 1906
Succeeded by
Sydney S. Hall