The Frederick Lee Story

Frederick Lee was a first generation Canadian whose parents had immigrated to this country from Sun Wei County near the city of Guangzhou. He was also one of only 300 or so Canadians of Chinese descent who served with the Canadian Corps during the First World War. These modest numbers however belie a more remarkable story of courage and determination that has remained largely untold down to the present day. Due to wide spread discrimination against the Chinese community who were living in Canada at the time, particularly those in British Colombia, very few were permitted to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the outbreak of war in 1914. Incredibly, despite these barriers, some eventually managed to do so, often being forced to travel to a neighbouring province such as Alberta in order sign up.

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Frederick Lee        

Enlistment: March 13, 1916 Kamloops, British Columbia

费德瑞克·李 入伍:1916年3月13日 坎卢普斯, 不列颠哥伦比亚省

Age: 21            Service Number: 687931       Rank: Private

年龄:21   服役编号:687931        级别:列兵

Unit: Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)     Division: 47th Battalion

单位:加拿大步兵(不列颠哥伦比亚团)           师属:第47营

Died: Killed in action at the Battle of Hill 70, 21 August 1917, near Loos-en-Gohelle, France

死亡:1917年8月21日,阵亡于 Hill 70 战役的行动中,地点在法国Loosen Gohelle 附近

After training in Canada, Frederick Lee was shipped to France where he joined the 47th Battalion of the Canadian Corps. Having fought in and survived the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Lee next took part in the Battle of Hill 70 four months later.

As a machine gunner, Freddy's team played a vital role in the destruction of German regiments. In five days of battle, some 20,000 - 40,000 enemy soldiers were killed while 1,877 Canadians perished.

Fred Lee and his machine gun team were among the Canadian casualties of Hill 70.

 

The Frederick Lee Walkway at Hill 70 intends to honour to this brave Canadian as well as the others from the Chinese Community who fought for Canada during this long and terrible struggle.

Such men inspired the next generation of Chinese Canadians who once again served their nation overseas during the Second World War.

In 1947 Chinese Canadians were finally granted the right to vote in their own country.