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Harry Lee (b. 1892)

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Harry Lee was a pub landlord who married Alfred Hitchcock's sister, Ellen Kathleen.


Harry Lee followed in his father's steps by becoming a licensed victualler, helping run the family's public house — the Copenhagen Tavern — situated at 183 Salmon Lane. Living just a few doors away at that time was William Hitchcock and his family. The Lee's had been at the Copenhagen since at least 1898.[1]

About a year after his death in December 1914, William's daughter Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock married Harry Lee. By early 1917, Harry had taken over the running of the White Hart public house on Hooper Street, Whitechapel, and it was here that their first son, Henry William Lee, was born in March.[2]

Harry enlisted at the start of 1918, initially joining the Navy but was quickly transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service at Roehampton where he likely worked as a member of the ground crew.[3] Their daughter, Ellen Marcia Lee, was born in September 1918 in Oxfordshire. After the war ended, Harry transferred to the RAF Reserves before eventually being discharged in April 1920. The month before, their third son, Clifford John Lee, was born in Whitechapel.

Within a few years, Harry was ill and the family returned to the Copenhagen Tavern on Salmon Lane, where he died in April 1924, aged only 31. The cause of death was colon cancer and he was nursed through the illness by his sister, Grace Daisy Lee.

Harry Lee is buried at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Leytonstone, alongside Ellen Kathleen.

In his will, he left everything to his wife.

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  • son of licensed victualler Harry Lee (b. ~1863)[4] and Emily Lee (b. ~1862) née Coldwell[5], who married on 24/Aug/1890 at St Matthew, Westminster
  • by marriage, brother-in-law of director Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (b. 1899)


  • born 20/Apr/1892
  • baptised on 05/Jun/1892 at Haggerston All Saints, Hackney


On the 1911 Census, it states that the family have had 9 children, but 6 had died by then.

  • Grace Daisy Lee (b. 1895)[6]
  • Sidney Thomas Lee (b. ~1899)[7]
  • William Reginald Lee (b. 1900)[8]
  • Alice Gladys Lee (b. ~1902)[9]
  • 4 unknown


Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock (b. 1892)


Henry William Lee (b. 1917)

  • born 01/Mar/1917 at 1 Hooper Street, Whitechapel[15]
  • probably died 1994[16]

Ellen Marcella Lee (b. 1918)

  • born 26/Sep/1918 at 16 Parker Street, Cowley St. John, Oxford
  • was also called "Queenie" by her mother and "Winnie"[17]
  • seemingly married Sidney G.W. Hopkins in 1941[18]
  • lived on Fullwell Avenue, Ilford, in the 1960s

Clifford John Lee (b. 1920)

  • born 12/Mar/1920 at 1 Rupert Street, Whitechapel[19]
  • married Ella K.P. Michelsen in 1946[20]
  • died 04/Apr/2012 aged 92[21]


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Census Data


  • address: Copenhagen Tavern, 183 Salmon Lane, Limehouse
  • Harry Lee (aged 38) — head, occupation: licensed victuallers manager
  • Emily Lee (aged 39) — wife
  • Harry Lee (aged 8) — son
  • Grace D. Lee (aged 5) — daughter
  • William R. Lee (aged 0) — son
  • Charles Pike (aged 23) — servant, occupation: barman
  • Robert Rawlinson (aged 17) — servant, occupation: barman
  • Rose Newman (aged 16) — servant (domestic)
  • Annie Prior (aged 21) — servant (domestic)


  • address: Copenhagen Tavern, 183 Salmon Lane, Limehouse
  • Harry Lee (aged 48) — head, occupation: licensed victuallers manager
  • Emily Lee (aged 49) — wife
  • Harry Lee (aged 18) — son, occupation: assistant in business
  • Grace Daisy Lee (aged 16) — daughter, occupation: milliner
  • Alice Gladys Lee (aged 8) — daughter
  • Ernest O'Brien (aged 23) — servant
  • Bertha Payne (aged 17) — servant

Other Documents


Marriage (1915)

Electoral Register


Address: 183 Salmon Lane, Limehouse

First World War

Royal Navy

Royal Air Force

Death Certificate (1924)

Probate (1924)

Research Notes

  • The 1921 London Street Directory names Emily Lee as the landlady of the Copenhagen Tavern.

Notes & References

  1. Harry Lee is listed at 183 Salmon Lane in the 1898 Electoral Registry.
  2. The White Hart was situated 2 miles west of Salmon Lane (see Pub History of London: White Hart).
  3. Harry's medical record certified him as B2 ("free from serious organic diseases ... able to walk five miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes"). By the end of the war, Harry was an Aircraftman 1st Class. His service number was #244848.
  4. Born in Oxfordshire. Son of Thomas Lee. By 1891, he was working as a barman at the Grand Junction Arms, 28 Praed Street, Paddington (although oddly he is listed as "single", which must be an error). He probably died 1918 aged 54 [reg. Q1 1918 Stepney].
  5. Daughter of William Robard Coldwell (b. ~1826) and Susannah Priscilla Hawes (b. ~1830).
  6. Born 09/Feb/1895. Birth registered Q1 1895 Hackney. Baptised 07/Apr/1895 at St Peter, Hackney. Married 11/Feb/1928 to John Alfred Rivers (b. 1890). Died 22/Sep/1963 in Ilford, Essex.
  7. Baptised Aug/17/1899 at St. Paul, Bow Common. Died 1899 [reg. Q3 1899 Stepney].
  8. Baptised 06/Nov/1900 at St. Paul, Bow Common. Death registered Q2 1901 Stepney.
  9. Birth registered Q3 1902 Stepney. Baptised on 12/Jun/1902 at St. Paul, Bow Common.
  10. Birth of Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock registered Q4 1892 West Ham.
  11. Marriage registered Q4 1915 St. George in the East. Father Breen was a priest in Walthamstow in 1911, so may known the Hitchcock family.
  12. Father of the groom, born around 1863.
  13. Marriage registered Q2 1931 Fulham.
  14. Death of Ellen Kathleen Ingram registered Q1 1979 Bromley.
  15. Birth registered Q2 1917 Whitechapel. The White Hart pub mentioned by Patrick McGilligan was at 4 Hooper Street.
  16. Death of Harry William Lee registered Q1 1994 Kensington & Chelsea.
  17. Hitchcock: Piece by Piece (2010) contains a family photograph on pages 94-95 naming Winnie as Patricia Hitchcock's cousin. Ellen Marcella was Patricia only female first cousin.
  18. Marriage registered Q4 1941 Ilford, Essex. Sidney was likely born around 1919 and possibly died 1975.
  19. Birth registered Q1 1920 Whitechapel. A widely reported murder of a sailor named William Sproull had taken place at 3 Rupert Street in March 1909.
  20. Marriage registered Q3 1946 Ilford.
  21. Source: http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/20671472/person/976435266
  22. Death of Harry Lee registered Q2 1924 Limehouse. Probate lists address as The Copenhagen, 183 Salmon Lane.