LEWIS, George Frederick

9020, Private, George Frederick LEWIS
Aged ?

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 6th April 1915

He is not named on the Newmarket War Memorial

The Newmarket Journal of 1st May 1915 reported George's death and gave him as the son of George LEWIS, head lad to John Dawson, of St Albans Cottage, Fordham Road, Newmarket
"Soldiers Died" also has him as born in Newmarket (no such registration has been found) and his Personal Effects entry has father as George Alfred Lewis. The Cambridge Independent Press on 7th May 1915 also recorded his death. There was a George Lewis [57] a married unemployed studgroom, born St Giles, London, boarding at 10 Nat Flatman Street, Newmarket in the 1911 census, in the 1915 electoral register his father, George Alfred Lewis, is at St Alban's , Fordham Road, Newmarket, and his father's address on the pension card is 4 Bath Terrace, Newmarket. This suggests that George senior had come to Newmarket seeking employment, prior to settling here, but he also appears to have been in St Mary's ward electoral register in 1896

More clues are needed, at least we need a definite place of birth for him or his mother's names. Without them there is little chance of finding them in any census

His number is indicative of enlisting immediately on declaration of war.

The 2nd Suffolks were in the trenches in the Vierstraat area (between Kemmel and Ypres) at the time, in no specific action, but incurring casualties in a random fashion, at most 2 a day, some days none.

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George is buried in Suffolk Cemetery, Vierstraat,Belgium .Ref: B.3

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