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Joseph Ambrose Walter Lees


Chief Petty Officer, V25427, RCNVR


Died: 02 Feb 1997, Amherst, Nova Scotia


LEES, Joseph Ambrose Walter - The death of Joseph Ambrose Walter Lees aged 86 years of 193 Herrit Road Springhill N.S., occurred on Sunday, February 2nd, 1997 in Highland View Regional Hospital, Amherst N.S. Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, N.S., he was the son of the Late Ambrose and Annie (Bagnell) Lees. He is survived by his wife the former Grace Francis Smith. Five sons: Joseph and Raymond both of Springhill: Arthur of Delta, B.C.; James in Calgary and William of Grande Prairie, Alberta. A brother Earl and sister Mrs. Daisy Aitchison, both of Tatamagouche, N.S. Seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers; Douglas and Robert and sister Geneva. Visitations were held Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon and evening from the A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill. Funeral Service 2:00 PM on Wednesday February 5, 1997 from the St Andrews-Wesley United Church, Springhill, with the Reverend Elroy McKillop officiating. Burial in Rodney Cemetery, Cumberland Co, N.S. at a later date.


Wartime Memoirs of Joe Lees     Excerpts from the wartime diary of Joe Lees while serving in HMCS Arvida


Ships served in:

HMCS ARRAS - Served in ARRAS 13 Sept 1940 - 03 April 1941

HMCS ARVIDA - Served in ARVIDA 18 April 1941 - 21 May 1943

HMCS PORTAGE - Served in PORTAGE 23 Oct 1943-18 Sept 44

HMCS SUMMERSIDE - Served in SUMMEERSIDE 20 Oct 44 - 12 June 45










(JL01) Sailors on HMCS ARVIDA K113 with mascot.  Joseph Lees 2nd from left  (JL02) Joseph Lees on HMCS ARVIDA K113  (JL03) Joseph Lees on HMCS ARVIDA K113  (JL04) HMCS ARVIDA K113 in rough seas.  JL05) Survivors on the upper deck of HMCS ARVIDA K113  (JL06) Survivors from sunken ship rescued by HMCS ARVIDA's work boat crew  (JL07) Survivors aboard HMCS ARVIDA







(JL08) Sam Corbite, C.E.R.A. on HMCS ARRAS in 1940  (JL09) HMCS ARVIDA K113 (before refit)  (JL10) HMCS ARVIDA (after refit)  (JL11) HMCS ARVIDA K113  (JL12) unknown dignitaries boarding a ship.  PO Joseph Lees can be seen on the jetty between the two in army uniform who are boarding the ship.



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