- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/31
- Inscription CAPT. G. D'A. LEE; STERLING
- Materials Sterling silver
- Rank Captain
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Lee, Major Gordon D'Arcy
- Measurements Length 3.8 cm, Width 3.1 cm, Thickness 0.2 cm
- Caption Gordon D'Arcy LEE
- Additional Information Born in 1894 in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Lee was attested in 1915 with the 77th Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). He was acting major with the 46th Battalion when he was killed by a sniper on 3 May 1917. The battalion had been preparing for a night trench raid, described as a "minor operation."
- Caption Medals Project- Lee, Gordon D'Arcy
Gordon D’Arcy Lee was born in Stoney Creek, Ontario, on 13 May 1894. He was the son of Erland and Janet (Nettie) Lee.
A farmer, Lee was commissioned as a captain in the 84th Battalion at Niagara, Ontario, on 10 August 1915. Prior to the war, he had served four years in the militia, in the 77th Wentworth Regiment. After initial training in Canada, Lee and his unit sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on SS Empress of Britain and arrived in England on 29 June 1916. There, Lee was transferred to the 46th Battalion, which would be nicknamed the Suicide Battalion due to the high casualty rates it experienced.
Lee arrived in France on 11 August 1916 and went almost immediately to a bayonet and physical training course. He joined the 46th Battalion in the field on 26 August 1916.
Some two months later, on 3 November 1916, Lee was wounded in the right leg and left thumb by shrapnel. After being treated in hospitals in France and England, and making a full recovery, he was discharged in late December 1916 — although a shrapnel bullet remained embedded in his right leg near his femur. He underwent post-recovery reconditioning before rejoining his unit in France in February 1917. On 13 April 1917, Lee was made an acting major and placed in command of one of the 46th Battalion’s companies. His time in command was to be short; he was killed by a sniper on 3 May 1917.
Gordon D’Arcy Lee is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France.