David Wilfred LEWIS


LEWIS, David Wilfred

Service Number: 689
Enlisted: 28 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glenelg, South Australia, 4 June 1891
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Solomontown State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 28 April 1915, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
No known grave - commemorated at Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glenelg Uniting Church WW1 Honour Board, Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 689, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 689, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Service Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal



Among the names included in the list of Dardanelles casualties printed in "The Daily Herald" of Friday last, was that of Private Lewis, of Glenelg. Private Lewis was a member of C Company, 10th Battalion, of the first expeditionary force. He offered himself for service almost immediately recruits were called for, and was accepted. He was among those who took part in the famous first landing, and it as believed that he fell in either the first or second day's fighting.

Private Lewis had lived for some six years before enlistment with Mr. and Mrs. Kendle, of Torquay street, New Glenelg. He was an orphan, both his parents having died during his infancy. He was a native of Brighton, South Australia, but as a lad went to live with his uncle (Mr. Lewis) at Solomontown, Port Pirie. He remained at Port Pirie for many years, and received his education at the Solomontown State School. The deceased soldier was extremely popular at Glenelg, and his friends have learned with deep regret of his death. He was a prominent footballer, and played for the Glernelg Football Club. Private Lewis was an enthusiastic Laborite, and was an active member of the Glenelg Democratic Society. He was 25 years of age, and was unmarried." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 24 Jul 1915 (nla.gov.au)


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