Born on 18 February 1912 and educated at Blundell’s School. Commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps on 5 March 1932 and subsequently commissioned into the Royal Air Force on 16 March 1934. Flying Officer Kenneth Northcote Lees, No. 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, Royal Air Force, was killed on 11 March 1937 when his Westland Wapiti crashed at Tanaie near Wana. His crewman, Aircraftman (First Class) Frederick Atkinson, was injured.