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Who was W H Lewis?

Postby phsvm » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:13 pm

Having researched all 52 men on the Roll of Honour in our village church I am down to the last few needing identification. 'H Lewis' is proving difficult so can anyone help?

He is listed as H Lewis on the roll but the local press - the North Berks Herald - lists him as W H Lewis, states he is from Chilton, Berkshire (which is how I know it's the same person), that he attested in Abingdon on 28th June 1915 and joined the ACC.

And that's it. From a village of less that 400 residents there is no one with the surname Lewis on the 1911 census or the electoral rolls of the 1920s. Working on the possiblity that he married a local girl, I can find no local marriages for either an H Lewis or a W Lewis.

The only Lewis I can find with the Army Cyclist Corps was Horace Lewis, 8735, enlistment date 30 July 1915 (which doesn't quite fit) who was discharged 14 November 1915 - Kings Regs iiicc - with no overseas service so no MIC, just a Silver War Badge entry.
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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby JMcK » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:07 am

And Horace was a clerk, born Kensington, working in Oxford Street when he enlisted, and he was discharged to Hounslow Heath. So I agree not likely to be him
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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby JMcK » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:18 am

There is Pte H Lewis of the 67th coy in the British Jewry book of Honour

And https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record/ ... 59%2f00958. This one who is in hospital 7 dec 1918.

Not sure if the same man though. Different numbers.

Edit, just found

W.H.Lewis https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record? ... UPP/345533
61st S. Mid Div.
Cyclist Cps att
2/4 th Glouc. Regt

Gunshot wound to the neck.

Later.....William H.Lewis was from Wales. https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record? ... 2f50%2f567
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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby JMcK » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:44 am

Oh...what about this man, in 1911

William Henry Lewis He’s age 21, a stable lad on a farm at East Hendred.
Born Stoke, St, Milbro, Salop

I think this is the most likely birth. Haven’t found him in 1901 or 1891 yet

LEUIS, WILLIAM HENRY MMN = HONELLS
GRO Reference: 1889 J Quarter in LUDLOW Volume 06A Page 577

I think, looking at Shropshire that HONELLS Might actually be HOWELLS.
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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby JMcK » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:01 pm

Evan Lewis m Annie Howells Ludlow 1888
William Henry b 1889. And Florence Lizzie in 1891
W.h. Known as Harry in 1891, and F.l. As Lizzie

1891. Evan is a labourer, born Wales.
All 4 living at Stoke St Milborough

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/ ... PUBJs=true

1901 there are three more children and they have moved to Bromfield. W.H. Still known as Harry

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/s ... h=13472527
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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby JMcK » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:18 pm

Could this be his marriage in 1918?

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/ ... PUBJs=true

Sergeant Army V Corps
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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:53 pm

The Army Cyclist Corps did not serve overseas as units of the ACC. So if we reckon that at least 2/3 of personnel records were burnt later, then at least 2/3 of ACC members will have no surviving papers and no medal index / medal rolls.

So it's not optimistic....

In a quick look at Wikipedia, ACC units might be converted and sent overseas but I didn't get the impression that this was prevalent. (One example above is of an ACC guy attached elsewhere).

Hmmm

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Re: Who was W H Lewis?

Postby phsvm » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:57 pm

Thanks KMcK. You've obviously had a really good look at this!

I'd posted a similar query on the Great War Forum and had a good response which had come up with some of the suggestions you've made as well. It's very reassuring that two different posts are telling me the same thing so I think we're on to our man here.

It does appear he's the one in East Hendred but no one had come up with a possible marriage so I shall invesitage that.

THe GWF had (obviously) concentrated on military records and come up with plenty of ideas so I need to try and get my head around this now.

I did track down a possible great nephew so I'm hoping he may be able to fill in a few gaps as well.
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