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Second Lieutenant Harry Lewis was an English officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born in Liverpool, the son of tailor's cutter Bernard and Mary Elizabeth Lewis, both of the city. The younger Lewis was educated at the Liverpool Hebrew School and Liverpool Institute, and was a staff sergeant in the Jewish Lads' Brigade. At the time of the 1911 census, Lewis was working as a clerk for the cotton firm Messrs Richardson & Ralli while living with his family at 382 Edge Lane. He enlisted in the 6th (Rifle) Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) on the outbreak of war and, within three weeks, had attained the rank of sergeant.[1]

Aged 25, Lewis died on 25 September 1916, during the Battle of Morval, while serving with the 1/7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment), His battalion, in conjunction with battalions of the 165th (Liverpool) Brigade, had been directed to capture and secure Gird Trench and Gird Support, in the vicinity of Gueudencourt village. These objectives were achieved, however, Lewis was one of three officers and 43 other ranks killed.[2]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Thiepval Memorial.

NotesEdit

  1. 2nd Lt Harry Lewis, liverpoolregt.co.uk. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  2. Wyrall, Everard (1935/2002), The History of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 1914–19, Naval and Military Press, p. 332-5.

ReferencesEdit

  • Ancestry.co.uk.
  • Lewis, Harry, cwgc.org. Retrieved 16 February 2013.

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