Sunday, January 21, 2018

Robert James Lewis

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank:  2448, Private
Birth:  Bendoc Victoria
Parents:  Thomas Henry Lewis and Ada Mary *
Enlisted:  Milton 13 May 1916 with his brother Harold
Both being farm labourers at Fred Sellick’s farm
Next of Kin:  F. Thomas Lewis of Woodhouse Milton
Service:  45th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Death:  KIA 7 June 1917. Burial:  29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Belguim
Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School
Batemans Bay War Memorial
Yatte Yattah Community
Brother – Harold Walters Lewis was killed at Gallipoli 1915.

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.  Robert James Lewis like his brother was an was an expert bushman, he enlisted in May 1916 at Kiama via Milton, in August 1916 he embarked on HMAT Anchises A68 with the 45th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement. Robert was never to see Australian soil again.

He like his brother Harold, gave the ultimate sacrifice, Robert was killed in in Belgium on June 7, 1917, and buried Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He was first listed as wounder as missing in action, in December 1917 he was declared as killed in action.

Roberts name also is listed on many of the local Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Church of England, Milton Town Memorial, Milton Primary School, Yatte Yattah Community roll and the Batemans Bay War Memorial

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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