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    William Lee

    Male 1908 - 1994  (85 years)


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    • Name William Lee  [1
      Born 1 May 1908  Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Christened Aft 1 May 1908  All Saints' Church/Hindley, Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Occupation Scientist and Glassworks Manager/ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Died 1 Jan 1994  49 Ewhurst Avenue/Sanderstead, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Person ID I128  Bridger, Glasper, Lee & Probett
      Last Modified 3 Jul 2017 

      Father William Lee,   b. 14 Jun 1882, Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1971, Astley Hospital/Tyldesley, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
      Relationship natural 
      Mother Ellen Ann Croswell,   b. 17 Mar 1884, Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1971, Astley Hospital/Astley, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
      Relationship related 
      Married Between 1 Oct and 31 Dec 1905  Wigan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
      1930 - William Lee - BSc Graduation
      1930 - William Lee - BSc Graduation
      External degree from the Universithy of London, taken at Wigan Technical College.

    • Notes 
      • A fascinating man. Born into a typical mining family in Hindley, Lancashire, he attended Wigan Technical College (Night School) and obtained an external BSc from London University.

        During the 1920's and 1930's he used to spend some of his holidays on bicycle riding tours throughout Germany and witnessed the rise to power of the National Socialist Party under Adolf Hitler.

        A keen amateur radio ham he and his brother built and operated several 'cat's whisker' sets.

        Bill Lee was involved in the installation of the first set of traffic lights in the United Kingdom. This took place in Oxford Street, London and Bill used to recount how the team "got the timings right" by pedalling furiously up the street from one set of traffic lights to the next whilst clutching a stopwatch.

        He claimed that, during WW2 he was involved in the initial production of the then revolutionary man-made fibre which was later to be known as 'Nylon'.

        Immediately after the War ended Bill was sent to the USA for six months where, on behalf of United Glass Co, he purchased a Glassworks, in kit form and had it shipped to the UK. It was re-erected in the New Cross Gate area of South London and Bill managed it for many years. Eventually, he rose to be a Director of the Company.

        Following an accident, in which he was severely burned and an operative killed, Bill retired and lived with his housekeeper, in Sanderstead.

        He never married nor had any children.

        Even at the age of 80 he purchased a Sinclair Spectrum computer, realised that he could design a few basic games and programmed them into the machine himself.

        Fortunately, Bill never went senile or suffered the debilitating illnesses of old age. His passing was very sudden at the age of 89.

    • Sources 
      1. Footnote: Nephew, DCP, Personal Knowledge.
        Nephew, DCP, Personal Knowledge

      2. [S21] 1871 Scotland Census.
        Birth Registration Entry. 2Q 1908 Wigan 8c 12

      3. [S3] Marriage Registration Entry.
        LEE, William, Married Croswell,
        CROSWELL, Ellen Ann, Married Lee
        WIgan , 4Q 1905, 8c 31.
        Marriage Registration Entry, LEE, William, Married Croswell, CROSWELL, Ellen Ann, Married Lee WIgan , 4Q 1905, 8c 31.