The actual memorial inscription on Panel 83 – 85 of the LOOS Memorial.
PRIVATE 265930 2ND/1ST BUCKS BATTALION OXFORD & BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED 0N 19TH JULY 1916 AGED 27YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR LOOS MEMORIAL, FRANCE
GRAVE REF: PANEL 83 – 85
Edgar Lewis was born in 1887 in Chichester, Sussex. He was the son of George & Mary nee Veary. In 1891 the family were living in Chichester at Myrtle Cottage. Edgar’s siblings listed are Edith, Percival, Albert, Mabel and George. By 1901 the family had moved to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Edgar’s mother Mary was born in High Wycombe and by this time she had died. Edgar’s father is a tailor. They are living at 10, Van Place, High Wycombe.
In 1911 Edgar is aged 24yrs and living with a cousin at 7,Slater Street in High Wycombe.
Edgar married Elizabeth Sarah Ann Knight in 1912. They had three children. The last known address for his widow was Folley’s Row, Flackwell Heath.
Edgar enlisted at Aylesbury and his Battalion saw extensive action on the Western Front especially during the Battle of the Somme (1st July – 18th Nov 1916). They suffered heavy losses at Mametz Wood, Pozieres and at Ancre the last major subsidiary battle. There were also many men lost at the Battle of Fromelles during July 1916. Edgar was killed in action at this time. He is remembered on the panels at Loos Memorial. This is a memorial to those who have no known grave and honours over 20,000 officers and men who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army east and west of Grenay.
Edgar is probably one of many who were crowded into the trenches and killed before the Companies could move out to deploy for the planned assault at 6pm. If he was able to move forward in one of the “four waves” then he was most likely killed by the intense enemy fire.
The casualties were heavy and the attack had failed.