Lewis Walter COCKSHELL

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COCKSHELL, Lewis Walter

Service Number: S61991
Enlisted: 30 December 1941, Alawoona, SA
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 122nd General Transport Company
Born: Loxton, South Australia, 28 November 1923
Home Town: Paruna, Loxton Waikerie, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Illness, South Australia, 14 December 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery
1/3 Old Section Row 8 Grave 333S (GRM/5)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

30 Dec 1941: Involvement Driver, SN S61991, 122nd General Transport Company
30 Dec 1941: Enlisted Alawoona, SA
9 Oct 1943: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Lewis Walter Cockshell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J . Cockshell, of Parana, died at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on December 14, 1943, after a lengthy illness. Lewis, aged 20 years, spent most of his life in the Paruna district. Enlisting in the AIF in  March 1942, he passed his 1st class driver's licence with a transport company. While at Alice Springs he became ill and was in Hospital there for five months. He was later transferred to the 105 AGH for further treatment over a period of four months. It was then hoped he was well on the road to recovery and he received his discharge from the Army in October. Unfortunately, however, after being home for a few weeks he again became very ill, and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His fortitude and cheerfulness during his long illness endeared him to all who came in contact with him, and his passing is mourned by all who were privileged to know him. His remains were laid to rest in the Dudley Park cemetery, the coffin being draped with the Union Jack. Among the floral tributes were those from Paruna RSL Sub-branch and comrades at Alice Springs. Two brothers are serving with the AIF

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