Private Robert William Lee was a 21 year old iron moulder from Clyde Street, Clyde. He was the son of Mrs Bessie Lee. He enlisted on 8 June 1915 and was assigned to the 1 Infantry Battalion, 8 Reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Runic A54 from Sydney on 9 August 1915. He was admitted to hospital on 16 November 1915 with mumps, and re-joined his unit on 29 November 1915. He was admitted to hospital on 17 December 1915 with epilepsy. He was sent to hospital from his Battalion on the Gallipoli Peninsula with convulsions on 8 December 1915. He re-joined his unit in Tel-el-Kebir 5 February 1916. He was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to his left ankle, on 5 November 1916. On 13 November 1916 he embarked at Calais for England aboard the H.S. Newhaven for transfer to hospital to treat his gunshot wound. He was treated from 3 January 1917 to 18 January 1917 for a gunshot wound to the ankle. He proceeded overseas to France via Southampton on 10 June 1917. On 10 February 1918 he was injured, suffering from a fractured right clavicle, and was admitted to hospital.
He embarked for England aboard the H.S. Cambria on 13 February 1918. He transferred overseas to France on 24 July 1918. He returned to Australia per Sardinia on 13 June 1919 and was discharged on 12 August 1919.
Kimberley Russell, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017