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William N J Lee (jigger)
April 19, 2015

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William N J Lee (jigger)

April 19, 2015

The daughter of William Norman Joseph Lee (Jigger) would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers him. He was born 1927 and sadly died on exercise in Germany in 1962. Does anyone know the circumstances that led to his untimely death?

April 19, 2015

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William N J Lee (jigger)

April 19, 2015

Hello, my name is Tom Coates, and I served with A Squadron 3DG in BAOR during the time you are asking about. From time to time, without prior warning, NATO HQ would sound the siren throughout Western Europe, ordering all units to evacuate camp,fully prepared for action against Russian invaders. We never knew if this was a practice or testing session, or the real thing, where the Russians were actually moving to and into West Germany. We all had to stop what we were doing, get into camp immediately, and get ourselves, tanks, and support elements out of camp and into our assembly area with all our kit, within 2 hours, and load up there with fuel, oils, food and of course ammunition. On the event in question,  it was night time, fully dark. We got out of camp and headed for our assembly area, some few miles away. During this movement in the dark RSM Jigger Lee arrived at the turn off into our assigned area, where he then began directing our vehicles into the assembly point. Remember that this was in the dark. Shortly after Jigger started guiding us into the area we heard on the radio "RSM in Accident". It seems that whilst guiding vehicles off the road, a civvy car or such did not see  Jigger, although he was waving a powerful torch in the pitch dark, the car hit him, causing serious injuries, from which RSM Lee died. Jigger was a truly well respected RSM, not just in the Regiment, but throughout BAOR. He was a sad loss to all of us, and very difficult to replace. I hope this helps you in your quest. One of the editions of our Regimental Magazine has the report of his loss, and I could send you an email copy of it if you wish? My best regards,  Tom

April 20, 2015

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William N J Lee (jigger)

April 20, 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my query and for your very kind words. I was 10 when dad was killed and feel I'd really like to know more about him, so it's great to hear that he was respected by his colleagues. I would very much like to see the edition of the regimental magazine. Best wishes Sandra (Lee)

February 16, 2016

Joined: February 12, 2016
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William N J Lee (jigger)

February 16, 2016

I was in Hq sqn when Jigger was RSM.I was involved in the same crash out? The accident happened early in the morning on a very foggy morning. He was trying to direct traffic onto Stapel Lager training area. Ialso baby sat for Jigger in Detmold. He did ot live too far away from camp. I was also in C SQN when he wss SSM in Osnabruck. He was a stickler for discipline, but he was well thought of. I have photo somewhere of him on the C Sqn vehicle park when we were loading Cents on to transporters ready for exercise, possibly to Soltau.

February 16, 2016

Joined: February 12, 2016
Posts: 36
William N J Lee (jigger)

February 16, 2016

I was in Hq sqn when Jigger was RSM.I was involved in the same crash out? The accident happened early in the morning on a very foggy morning. He was trying to direct traffic onto Stapel Lager training area. Ialso baby sat for Jigger in Detmold. He did ot live too far away from camp. I was also in C SQN when he wss SSM in Osnabruck. He was a stickler for discipline, but he was well thought of. I have photo somewhere of him on the C Sqn vehicle park when we were loading Cents on to transporters ready for exercise, possibly to Soltau.

February 22, 2016

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William N J Lee (jigger)

February 22, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your memories. I guess I was the child you babysat for all those years ago, I was 10 when we lived in Detmold. It's been lovely to hear from people who knew him and to know that he was well thought of, so once again thank you. Sandra  


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