Francis Yiu-piu LEE (aka BAAG No. 75 / Chicken Lee / 李耀彪) [????-1966]
Lawrence Tsui writes:
In his book on the BAAG, Edwin Ride devoted a chapter to Francis Lee under his pseudo-nickname "Chicken Lee" (Lee Kai).
In January 1942, Francis Lee stayed on as a PoW at Shamshuipo even when he could have been freed. He made the arrangement and led the escape of Lindsay Ride Party of 3, over the hills of Kowloon to Saikung where they were aided by the Kong Kau Independent Brigade of the Communist Guerrillas to sail from the Three Fathoms Cove to Dapeng Bay; from where they made it overland to frontline town of Wai Chow of Free China.
Lindsay Ride conceived the idea of forming the BAAG in consultation with Francis Lee during the trip. At its nascent formation, Francis Lee returned to Hong Kong to do recce and lay groundwork for the underground operation. He was arrested by the Kempatei, tortured and sentenced to death. He was transferred to Shenzhen where he made good his escape.
Not withstanding that torture & near death plight, Francis Lee returned to occupied-Hong Kong with the recce team led by Ronald Holmes in the summer of 1942. He came down from the Lion Rocks and went to the urban areas in furtherance of his tasks.
In the autunm of 1942, Francis Lee again returned to occupied HK to set up Post Y at Chek Keng, Saikung. Post X at Shayuchung, Dapeng Bay; Post Y at Saikung; and Post Z (Kwong Hang Store at Shamsuipo) formed a special communication line in co-operation with the Kong Kau Guerrillas, between AHQ at Wai Chow and underground operatives in HK. Francis Lee was stationed most of the time at Post Y (relieved periodically by Osler Thomas).
The liaison work with the guerrillas was challenging as it would be under the strong suspicion of both the Communist and Nationalist Government authorities. During his posting at Post Y, Francis Lee made trips to urban Kowloon including meeting agents and taking photographs. Post Y was closed down in July 1943. Post Z in Shamshuipo was raided earlier by the Kempatei along with the demise of Group B which establshed initial contact with Shamshuipo Camp and the Indians at Ma Tau Chung Camp.
In October 1944, Francis Lee led a Recce Team to set up an Observation Post for enemy shipping at Koling in Dapeng Penninsular. Operation 'FRIGATE BIRD' did not materialise because the team was captured by the local Communist Guerrillas and held hostage at Tung Peng Chau until December when a ransom was paid after negotiation by Ronald Holmes.
Apart from the MM, the courageous, resourceful and very dedicated Francis Lee was also awarded the MBE (military division) and received his commission during the War. He was a founding member of the BAAG. However, the Francis Lee I knew as a kid was a meek & mild man whom we called, somehow but rather deservedly, 'Uncle Lion'. He passed away in the early 1960s with a young family who are now living in Toronto.