Alfred James John LEE (Ajj) (RAEME) passed away on 2 March 2020 aged 84 years
Alfred was born at Red Cliffs (Victoria) on 6 September 1935. At the age of 15 he was enlisted as an apprentice and trained as an electrician at the Army Apprentice School (Balcombe) in the 6th Apprentice Intake.
His first posting was to the Eastern Command Workshops (1954) followed by a short period at the Army Guided Weapons Trial Unit before return to Eastern Command Workshops.
In 1956 Ajj was posted to the Newcastle Area Workshop before a posting of just over two (2) years with the 101 Infantry Workshop. In September 1959 he was posted to the RAEME Training Centre for 15 or so months. This was followed by postings to Puckapunyal Area Workshops (1961), Liverpool Area Workshops (1966) and Army Headquarters (Melbourne) also in 1966. During 1964 Alf spent around a month with the Atomic Energy Research Establishment.
In April 1968 Alf was posted as the EME at Headquarters Australian Force Vietnam where his main role was to raise the Light Aid Detachment to support C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment. Although not officially posted to C Squadron Section 1st Armoured Regiment LAD until October 1968, he was the Officer Commanding (the first) of that Section from its inception much earlier in 1968. He was subsequently posted to B Squadron Section 1st Armoured Regiment LAD in February 1969 and remained there until return to Australia on 30 April 1969.
From April 1969 to his discharge as a Major in March 1978, Alfred served at Army Headquarters (Melbourne), Tasmania Command Workshop, 4 Base Workshop, 31 Supply Battalion and Adelaide Workshop Company.
May he rest in peace in the green fields beyond.
Prepared by Russ James from information provided by Defence Records