Owen Gower LEWIS


LEWIS, Owen Gower

Service Number: 10181
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Elsternwick, Victoria, 1897
Home Town: Armadale, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Church Grammar School, Launceston, Wesley College, Melbourne, and Melbourne University
Occupation: Engineering student
Died: Killed in Action, Bertangles, France, 12 April 1918
Cemetery: Vignacourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 10181, Melbourne, Victoria
10 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sapper, 10th Field Company Engineers
25 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Corporal , 10th Field Company Engineers
20 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Corporal , SN 10181, 10th Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Jun 1916: Embarked SN 10181, 10th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
26 Jul 1917: Promoted Australian Flying Corps, Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
26 Oct 1917: Promoted Australian Flying Corps, Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
12 Apr 1918: Involvement Australian Flying Corps, Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Owen Lewis, an observer in No. 3 Squadron, was an experienced airman. An entry in his diary on a day when bad weather prevented flying reveals his feelings about operations: " This morning I was pleased when the weather was fairly dud – I am afraid I am always pleased when that is so." His fears were justified. On 12 April 1918, the day after he had teamed up with a new pilot, both men were killed in action." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)