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01-07-2017, 07:42 PM
I first came across the surname Clee on an ancestral gravestone, although I mis-read it as James Glee Lloyd, which I thought was an odd middle name.
further back in the Lloyd tree I found Benjamin Lloyd married Mary Clee who was born about 1745 in Radnorshire. Of course I had to try and find out more about the surname Clee which it seems is associated with the Clee Hills in Shorpshire. I haven't yet traced Mary's ancestors back to Shropshire, but I'm working on it. Anyone else with the surname Clee in their trees? :) John

A Shropshire Lad 1 A E Houseman

From Clee to heaven the beacon burns,
The shires have seen it plain,
From north and south the sign returns
And beacons burn again.

Look left, look right, the hills are bright,
The dales are light between,
Because 'tis fifty years to-night
That God has saved the Queen.

Now, when the flame they watch not towers
About the soil they trod,
Lads, we'll remember friends of ours
Who shared the work with God.

To skies that knit their heartstrings right,
To fields that bred them brave,
The saviours come not home to-night:
Themselves they could not save.

It dawns in Asia, tombstones show
And Shropshire names are read;
And the Nile spills his overflow
Beside the Severn's dead.

We pledge in peace by farm and town
The Queen they served in war,
And fire the beacons up and down
The land they perished for.

"God save the Queen" we living sing,
From height to height 'tis heard;
And with the rest your voices ring,
Lads of the Fifty-third.

Oh, God will save her, fear you not:
Be you the men you've been,
Get you the sons your fathers got,
And God will save the Queen.