James W Lewis



Village memories: The Straight Bit (picture from SWOP website)

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PRIVATE 57417 3/WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
KILLED IN ACTION 26/4/1918 AGED 19YRS.
REMEMBERED ON TYNE COT MEMORIAL BELGIUM.
PANELS 75/77 (MR 30)

The family lived at Hillsborough, Northern Woods. Edward and Catherine had eight children but one died. According to the 1911 Census there were 6 boys and 1 girl. James had four older brothers, Edward, William, Herbert and John and one younger brother Robert and a younger sister Violet. The father was a paper maker and Edward and William also worked at the mills while Herbert was a gardening assistant and John was a bricklayers labourer.
Both Jamesís parents came from the London area. Edward was born in Wandsworth and Catherine in Stepney. All the children were born in Wandsworth.
All six sons served their country in WW1 and all returned safely apart from James who was killed in Flanders.
The Worcestershire Regiment lost 99 officers and men in the battle for Kemmel village and James was one of them. His body was never found. Hence he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
At this time Northern Woods was part of Wooburn so James is also remembered on the Wooburn War memorial and in the Memorial book.
James was originally 31344 Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry.

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