LEE, JOHN HENRY ALEXANDER (1853-1927), sailor, surveyor and military engineer,
was born on 13 May 1853 in Calcutta, India, son of David Henry Lee, merchant and
tea-planter, and his wife Clara, née Moubray. He was a grandson of the celebrated
polymath Dr John Lee, principal of the University of Edinburgh. He left school in
Britain at 14 to train for the merchant service. After three years in H.M.S.
Worcester, at the end of which he gained a first class extra certificate, he
joined the firm of Devitt & Moore whose fleet plied between Britain and
the Australian colonies. He served seven years with this line, passing the
examination for ship's mate.
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