Thomas Sanders Lee (1899–1967)


Infantry Regiment    

Photo courtesy Cynthia Homan

cThoams Sanders Lee in 1942

Thomas in the New York Guard during 1942

Thomas Sanders Lee was born in 1899 at Longway Bank, just outside the boundary of the parish of Crich, but was included on the WW1 Roll of Honour in Crich Parish Church. After the war, he worked as a railway porter and married Emily Weston, at Codnor, in 1920. They immigrated to America in 1926, sailing from Liverpool on board ss Carmania. Settling on Long Island, New York, they had a family. For some years, Thomas worked as a professional dog handler. In 1942, during WW2, he enlisted in the New York Guard. He passed away in 1967 at Southampton, Suffolk, New York.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 16 February 1918
Private Thomas S Lee of the Cross, Crich, who has been seriously ill in hospital at Sheerness has written home to his parents stating that he is improving. It is anticipated that he will shortly be able to obtain sick leave. Private Lee is a Lewis Gunner.

Thomas Lee's brother George Lee is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Longwaybank

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William J Lee Head 34 Lead smelter South Wingfield Park
Mary Lee wife 36   South Wingfield Park
William Lee father (wdwr) 69   Crich
Douglas Lee son 11   Crich
Annie Lee daughter 10   Crich
George Lee son 8   Wirksworth
John A Lee son 5   Wirksworth
Mary L Lee daughter 3   Wirksworth
Thomas S Lee son 2   Wirksworth
Hilda Lee daughter 1   Wirksworth

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1911: Wigwell Mill, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Lee Head 46 Wire cleaner Wingfield
Mary Lee wife 47   Wingfield
John Lee son 15 Galvanizer Wirksworth
Mary Louisa Lee daughter 13 Machinist hosiery Wirksworth
Thomas Lee son 12 School Wirksworth
Hilda Lee daughter 11 School Wirksworth
Vincent Lee son 8 School Wirksworth
Vera Lee daughter 4   Crich
Helena Lee daughter 2   Crich
Oscar Lee son 2 mths   Wirksworth

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1918 Crich voters
Thomas Sanders Lee, Near Cross; absent on military service.