George Young LEWIS

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LEWIS, George Young

Service Number: 5770
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Tunnelling Companies
Born: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, 30 September 1887
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Hitchin Board School. Hertfordshire, England
Occupation: Trade- ironmongery.
Died: Influenza, Germany, 5 December 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Niederzwehren Cemetery
Plot II. Row G. Grave 8. INSCRIPTION WITHOUT YOU WE CAN DO NOTHING WE THREE TILL WE MEET AGAIN
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Oct 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 5770, Tunnelling Companies
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 5770, Tunnelling Companies, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 Jul 1917: Imprisoned Captured at Nieuport (Now Nieuwpoort) during the 'Battle of the dunes' on the Belgium coast while serving in the 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company No. 1 section. Source Red Cross WW1 POW records https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/
5 Dec 1918: Involvement Sapper, SN 5770

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Dec 1887 Lewis George Young Hitchin 3a 482

He emigrated to Australia at the age of 21.

He was 30 and the son of Samuel Young Lewis and Selina Lewis; husband of Mrs. I. C. R. Lewis, of Sulphur Creek, Tasmania.

                                  INSCRIPTION

WITHOUT YOU WE CAN DO NOTHING WE THREE TILL WE MEET AGAIN.

He is commemorated on the Hitchin memorial which is in the form of a Celtic cross on a pillar mounted on a plinth with three side walls, the front being open with small fence. There are 11 panels of names for the First World War, 356 names in total. The memorial was unveiled by Viscount Hampden on 6th August 1922, the memorial costing £1675 5s 10d at the time. The architect was Walter Millard and the builders Messrs. John Thompson & Sons. The land used was originally part of the churchyard but the non-conformists in the community did not want their dead remembered on Anglican Church property. The names for World War 2 are held in a Book of Remembrance within the parish church, this is referred to on the memorial, there are 162 names. Two Australian casualties of the Great War are commemorated on this memorial-the other being Private Frederick William Beech-53rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

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