Sunday, January 21, 2018

Harold Walter Lewis

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank:  2086, Private
Birth:  1892 Bendoc Victoria
Parents:  Thomas Henry Lewis and Ada Mary Pryce
Enlisted:  Ulladulla – Milton 6 May 1915 with his brother Robert
Both being farm labourers at Fred Sellick’s farm
Next of Kin:  F. Thomas Lewis of Woodhouse Ulladulla
Service:  1st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Death:  KIA 1 December 1915. Burial:  Gallipoli 22 Shell Green Cemetery
Harold Lewis WW1Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Not on Milton Primary School yet his Brother Robert Lewis is listed.
Batemans Bay War Memorial
Yatte Yattah Community
Brother – Robert Lewis who also was KIA, France 1917.

Death Notice in Sydney Morning Herald, 6 Jan 1916

Private Harold W Lewis, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on December 1, was the second son of Mr and Mrs T H Lewis, Woodhouse, via Ulladulla He celebrated his 23rd birthday at Gallipoli.  He  was educated at Bendoc, Victoria, and subsequently spent most of his life on the land, and was an expert bushman. He was university respected. Previously he had been reported as wounded.

Brothers in Arms who gave the ultimate sacrifice

The Lewis Brothers of Milton were the sons of Thomas Henry Lewis and his Ada Mary nee Pryce. Both Harold and Robert were born in Bendoc Victoria, with the Lewis family moving to Ulladulla region in the early 1900s and established an apple orchard at Cockwhy. Harold spent most of his life on the land, and was an expert bushman, standing 6ft 2in in height and worked as a labourer at Fred Sellick’s farm at Cockwhy.

Harold Walter Lewis enlisted at Milton in May 1915 and was assigned as a private to the 1st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement leaving Sydney in June 1915 for active service. He celebrated his 23rd birthday on the shores of Gallipoli.  He was wounded in the fight at Lone Pine, and having recovered, had just returned to the front again, when he was killed in action on December 1, 1915 at the Dardanelles. He is buried at the Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1150 yards south of Anzac Cove.

His epitaph at Gallipoli reads: To Live In Hearts, We Leave Behind, Is Not To Die.  Harold name is listed on the Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial, Milton Church of England, Yatte Yattah Community and the Batemans Bay War Memorial. He is on the Milton Primary School Honour roll as his Brother Robert Lewis.

The Lewis family continued with the apple orchard until the 1930s. Members of the Lewis family married into local families from both Milton and Batemans Bay including the Turnbull, Leaney, Donovan, Mackey, Petty and Cole families.


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