John William Lee
February 01, 1902, Marylebone, London
June 20, 1944, near Bazenville, Normandy, France, (aged 42y 140d)
Right hand bat
Jack Lee, serving as a private in the Pioneers, was killed in action during the early part of the Normandy campaign in July. A brother of F. S.. the Somerset opening batsman, and H. W. Lee, the former Middlesex professional, Jack Lee was a reliable batsman and useful spin bowler during a first-class career from 1923 to 1936, when he accepted the post of head groundsman and coach at Mill Hill School. In 1934 he scored 1,433 runs in Championship matches, with an average of 32.56. He and Frank Lee, the two most reliable of the regular Somerset players, engaged in a three-figure partnership for the first wicket in three successive innings in August, 213 against Surrey at Weston-super-Mare, 119 and 146 against Sussex at Eastbourne. These stands took place in the course of four playing days, Jack Lee making 86, 60 and 100 not out. Both matches were drawn. He hit his highest score--193 not out--against Worcestershire at Weston-super-Mare in 1933. Altogether in first-class cricket he scored 7,856 runs, average 21.23, and took 494 wickets at 29.80 apiece. London club cricketers knew him well through his war-time games for London Counties. Like his two brothers, he played for Middlesex before he appeared in the Somerset XI. Born on February 1, 1904, he died in his 41st year.
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