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WILLIAM LEWIS


Private 57491, 1st Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment.

Died 27 May, 1918, aged 19.

Decorations: The British War Medal and The Victory medal.

 

Willie's father, Edwin Lewis, worked on Lower Llanmelin Farm, which was owned by the Parker family.

Edwin and his wife Fanny lived in Llanmelin Cottages, which were tied to the farm, and had six children.

Willie worked for a time for Billy Adams who kept the village stores where Caerwent Garage now is.

He enlisted in Newport, and did his training alongside Bert Woodland of Caerwent, and was very concerned when Bert was sent to France.

However, Bert came back, whereas Willie was killed by a shell in May 1918 at the age of 19.

He has no known grave and is listed on the Soissons Memorial in France.

The farm was taken over by the Dinham factory in 1938 and the cottages, which were inside the fence, have since been demolished.

Bill had sisters Mary, Alice and Ada who moved away, and brothers George and Jim, who gave rise to Edwin and Alan respectively, both well known locally.





JN Oct 1997