LEE, Edward Ivanhoe Woodhouse
(Service number 6/2184)

Aliases Ivanhoe
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 11 December 1896 Place of Birth Sale, Victoria, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date 12 February 1915 Age 18 years
Address at Enlistment Care of C. W. LEE, Dalgety and Co, Ashburton
Occupation Bank clerk
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin C. W. LEE (father), care of Dalgety and Co, Ashburton
Religion Anglican
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 130 lbs. Chest measurement 32-35 inches. Complexion brown. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. .

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 5th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 13 June 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

11 August 1915 wounded at the Dardanelles.

Post-war Occupations


Date 11 August 1915 Age 18 years
Place of Death New Zealand Ambulance Station, Sazli Beit Dere, Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Died of wounds received in action.
Memorial or Cemetery Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial Reference Panel 13
New Zealand Memorials Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand (Officers of the BNZ who laid down their lives in the GreatWar 1914-1919), BNZ Arcade, Wellington; Ashburton War Memorial; St Stephen's Anglican Church, Ashburton, Roll of Honour

Biographical Notes

Born on 11 December 1896 at Sale, Victoria, Australia, Edward Ivanhoe Woodhouse LEE was the eldest son of Charles Woodhouse LEE and his wife Leah Lottie née FISHER. Edward was educated at Geraldine, Cheviot, and later at Waitaki Boys' High School. His father was a stock agent at Geraldine in the early 1900s.

Edward joined the Bank of New Zealand on 24 May 1913, and was employed at the Ashburton branch at the time of enlistment. He put his age up a couple of years to enlist and was one of the youngest soldiers to leave Ashburton. From the first announcement that New Zealand would send an Expeditionary Force to the war he was keen to go, but because he was under age he did not manage to get away until the Fifth Reinforcements left. He had served for two years as a high school senior cadet and already belonged to the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment. At this time his father was the Ashburton manager for Dalgety and Company.

Embarking on 13 June 1915 with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, Edward arrived at Egypt on 24 July. Eighteen days later, on 11 August 1915, he was wounded at the Dardanelles and died of his wounds that very day at the New Zealand Ambulance Station, Sazli Beit Dere, Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 18 years. His name is recorded on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, at the Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.

By October 1915 more than thirty ex-pupils of Waitaki Boys' High School had given their lives, among them Edward Ivanhoe Woodhouse Lee, whose name was recorded on the school's Roll of Honour, with pride in the part Waitakians had “played in this titanic struggle”. They, along with well over 200 on active service at this time, conveyed "very concrete and convincing instance of the effect of the imperialistic training that has characterised the school for so many years".

An Old Waitakians’ Memorial Service of hymns, prayers and scripture readings was held on 4 April 1920 in the Opera House. Now the Roll of Honour was much longer - 118 old Waitakians had given their lives for God and Empire. Edward and many others were remembered and honoured by their Alma Mater.

Edward was a member of the Ashburton Old Boys' Football Club. He was held in high regard by those who knew him, and he was very popular among his fellows.

He was a member of St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ashburton, where a special service was held in commemoration of Anzac Day 1917. On this occasion a memorial tablet to the memory of fallen soldiers was unveiled. At a very impressive service in the church commemorating Armistice Day in 1920, a very large, handsome marble memorial tablet was unveiled and dedicated. It had been given to the church and contained the names of all those members of the parish who lost their lives during the Great War. Following a parade from the Drill Hall to the church, there were hymns, choral singing, prayers and scripture readings. The service closed with the sounding of the Last Post and Benediction.

A notice in the Ashburton Guardian of 11 August 1920 remembered Edward with love – “To memory ever dear.” Edward’s medals – 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal - were sent to his father in 1924 by which time he was living in St Albans, Christchurch.

Edward is remembered on the Bank of New Zealand Memorial plaque (Officers of the BNZ who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914-1919), BNZ Arcade, Wellington, on the Ashburton War Memorial, and on St Stephen's Anglican Church, Ashburton, Roll of Honour


Cenotaph Database [06 June 2015]; CWGC [06 June 2015]; NZ Defence Force Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0067256) [05 & 18 June 2015]; CWGC [15 August 2013]; Sun, 7 September 1915, 27 April 1917, Ashburton Guardian, 7 September 1915, 26 April 1917, 11 August 1920, Press, 8 September 1915, 15 October 1915, 14 November 1927, Oamaru Mail, 8 September 1915, 19 October 1915, 5 April 1920, North Otago Times, 9 September 1915, Star, 20 September 1915, Free Lance, 1 October 1915 (Papers Past) [17 & 18 June 2015]; School Admission Records (Canterbury Branch NZSG) [05 June 2015]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [17 June 2015]; Ashburton War Memorial image ( [17 June 2015]; Memorial Plaque, Bank of New Zealand Arcade, Wellington. (Photo Paul Hickford, 2014; AWMM [18 June 2015]; Maunganui Transport Voyages ( [18 June 2015]

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