John Lee, a retired Army Officer, served in the Royal Artillery for 28 years before returning to Lincoln where he was born. On his retirement from service life he became a Civil Servant working for the Ministry of Defence as the Regimental Area Secretary for the Royal Anglian Regiment. Based in Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln, part of his responsibilities was to act as the Curator of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Museum and it was through this medium and his new found friendship with David Bartlett that rekindled his interest for military history.
With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, John helped rebuild the Lincolnshire Regiment Museum, carrying out many hours of meticulous research to tell the story of its 300 year history. It was because of this work that John was asked to take part in a TV documentary by the BBC when the remains of 21 soldiers were discovered near Arras (a number of which were from the Lincolnshire Regiment). This involved working closely with the Public Records Office in Kew and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was also a Trustee to the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum located at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.
On leaving the Civil Service, John worked for The Royal British Legion as their Armed Forces Liaison Officer covering the Midlands Region and Wales. This not only maintained his connection with the Armed Forces but forged many friendships with veterans of numerous campaigns, in turn strengthening his interest with with Military History.
John joined BBJ as a full time guide in 2014.