1915 Born Bingley, West Yorkshire, only son of George Henry Lee and Alice Isobel Wood.
1918 Father killed at third battle of Ypres; brought up by mother and three elder sisters.
1927-32 Bingley Grammar School
1932-37 Bradford College of Art, taking examinations in industrial design, drawing and pictorial
design; awarded place at Royal College of Art, drawing instruction from Henry Butler and
design with John F Greenwood. Encouraged in study of the modern movement, Cezanne and
the Post-impressionists, Braque, Klee and the Surrealists became influences before going to
1937-40 Royal College of Art. Graphic design, book illustration, lithography and wood engraving.
Tutored by John Nash and Edward Bawden. Life drawing studies with Vivien Pitchforth and
Percy Horton. Visiting tutors, Paul Nash and Eric Ravilious. Flat in Adelaide Road, Swiss
Cottage (‘38/39) next to Stanley Spencer’s temporary studio; able to see development of
Spencer’s works and procedures.
1940 Called into the Royal Artillery Signals, training in North Wales and Somerset.
1941 April, sailed in convoy for Egypt via Cape Town; five months in Cyprus, June- November;
re-equipped Palestine, November.
1942 January, Western Desert campaign, North Africa. Taken prisoner in Gazala Line, June;
transferred to Italy, P.O.W. camp at Altamura and Fermo July’42 - October ’43.
1943 After capitulation of Italy, transferred to Germany, Stalag IV B, then to Freital, suburb of
Dresden; working camp.
1944 Experienced Bombing of Freital, detailed to bury dead.
1945 February, witnessed the Allied destruction of Dresden. April, marched into Czechoslovakia
with international column of P.O.W.’s by retreating Wehrmacht to sound of Russian guns.
Liberated by Soviet troops and flown by U.S. Air Force and R.A.F. to Horsham Sussex.
Married Thelma Barthel. Three daughters Vanessa, Joanna and Saskia.
1946 Demobilised. Returned to Royal College of Art on fourth year scholarship awarded in 1940.
1947 Taught part-time at Hammersmith College of Art. Returned to Yorkshire on appointment as
art master at Heckmondwike Grammar School.
1949 Batley School of Art – later Dewsbury and Batley Technical and Art College. Lecturer in
drawing, graphic design, print making and history of art and design.
1957 Appointed Deputy Head of School.
1969-79 Bingley College of Education, Principal lecturer in Visual Arts Area – teaching painting,
drawing, graphic design, print making and history of art and design. Examiner, National
College of Art, Dublin (’72 – ’73).
1980-83 Part time visiting lecturer at Huddersfield Polytechnic, Bretton College and Bradford and
1980-2005 Principally involved in equipping and developing personal studio workshop, and exhibiting as
an artist craftsman.
2007 Died in a local nursing home aged 91 years.