Violet Claire Lee was born in Orange in 1885 to William M Lee and his wife Christina Agnes. She completed her nurse’s training at Forbes Hospital in 1912. In early 1913 Violet resigned, having accepted a position at the Coast Hospital in Sydney. Unfortunately she badly injured her knee and was unable to take up the position in Sydney.
Nurse Lee enlisted in August 1917, embarking from Sydney in September to serve as a staff nurse in the 27th General Hospital in Abbassia, Egypt. She served for just six months before she was invalided home and admitted to The Pines Private Hospital in Avoca Street, Randwick. Nurse Lee was discharged in November 1918 due to medical unfitness.