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Passchendaele: Lee Lewis: 1896 to 1917

History / Mon 31st Jul 2017 at 09:33am

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LEE Lewis was born in Sawbridgeworth in 1896.

The 1901 census shows Lee residing at Hill Gates, Eastwick with his parents and siblings; John, Peter, Ethel, Jospeh, Florence and William.

Lee Sr, was working at the local marine engine works. He died in early 1907 at the age of 48. Matilda died in Harlow in 1910 at the age of 52.

The 1911 census shows Lee residing with his siblings in five rooms at 14 The Avenue, Burnt Mill. Lee was listed as an apprentice marine.

Private Lee Lewis, 14861, enlisted in Hertford on October 5th 1914, joining The Bedfordshire Regiment aged 19. The Machine Gun Corps was formed on October 14th 1915 and Private Lewis joined the 54th Company of Machine Gun Corps.

Lee died of his wounds on August 12th at the age of 21 and was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Lee is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

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