Herbert Montagu Lewis (Ha. 1907-13)


Second Lieutenant, Middlesex Regiment
Born: December 29th 1894
Died: November 4th 1915

Age at Death: 20

Killed in action, Gallipoli, November 4th 1915
Grave reference Panel 155-156, Helles War Memorial, Turkey.
Son of (the late) Rev. E.T. Lewis.

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by the Sutton Family.

2nd Lieutenant Herbert Lewis (Junior, Durnford and Hampden Houses 1907–1913)

Herbert Lewis was born in Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, on 29 December 1894. He was the youngest son and third child of Reverend Edward Lewis, Rector of Caythorpe, and his wife Margaret (née Rowsell). After a successful career at the College he went up to Clare College, Cambridge. At the end of his first year the war broke out and he volunteered for the Public Schools Battalion in September 1914. He then received a commission in the Middlesex Regiment on 22 April 1915.

After further training in Britain he volunteered for service at Gallipoli and was attached to the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, which formed part of 53rd Division, in September 1915. The battalion had suffered badly during the landings at Suvla Bay in early August and had acquired, whether fairly or not, a poor reputation as a combat unit. As a result the unit was mainly confined to fatigue duties, rather than the frontline, over the following two months. Nonetheless Lewis was killed in action on 4 November 1915.

Lewis has no known grave but is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. 

Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15

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