Edwin John LEWIS

Badge Number: 10441
10441

LEWIS, Edwin John

Service Number: 6280
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Clements Gap, South Australia, 2 September 1889
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Port Broughton, South Australia, 24 May 1938, aged 48 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Port Broughton Cemetery
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6280, 10th Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6280, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 6280, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Edwin John Lewis was the son of John and Harriet Elizabeth (nee Phillis) Lewis of Port Broughton. 

He was born at Port Broughton in 1889 and was married to Ethel Olive (nee Walker) Lewis, also of Port Broughton. 19 year old Edwin had married Ethel at the home of her father, William Walker, at Wokurna on 5 May 1909.

A farmer, Edwin was 26 years old when he enlisted on 24 May 1916.

Appointed to 20th Reinforcements 10 Battalion he embarked from Adelaide aboard embarked HMAT A68 “Anchises” on 11 April 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth, England, on 11 October. In England he was transferred to 27 Battalion with which he was taken on strength of in France on 1 January 1917. In early May 1917 27 Battalion was in the front line attacking the Hindenburg Line near Noreuil when Edwin was shot in the abdomen. The wound was serious and on 24 May he was invalided to England and admitted to 3 Southern General Hospital, Oxford.

No longer fit for active service Edwin embarked from England aboard Hospital Ship “Kanowna” on 16 July and disembarked in Australia on 7 September. He was discharged medically unfit on 12 October 1917. While waiting for discharge Edwin’s younger brother Roy was killed in action in Belgium.

 

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