Following a visitor on GUEST BOOK this post made to remember John William Lewis of 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment. John Was Killed in Action at Guillemont on 30th July 1916 with records showing he had been born and resident in Pendleton, Salford. He has no known grave and in common with many men from the Battalion, John is commemorated at Thiepval Memorial
These images (Click to enlarge) show John Lewis in the Roll of XIV Platoon of D Company. The Platoon photo doesn’t identify individuals, although Lieutenant Whittall is clearly visible, sat in the middle of the 2nd row. Other notable members of the Platoon include 9014 George Royle DCM as well as 8197 Sergeant Mark Jackson who had been posted to Arthur Bell’s III Platoon when he was killed by a sniper on 1st July 1916
John’s Medal Index Card (MIC) confirms his entry to France with the majority of the Battalion on 8th November 1915. This entitled him to 1914/15 Star, along with the British War Medal and Victory Medal. His relatively low 8*** Regimental Number suggest Private Lewis had enlisted on 2nd September 1914, alongside Arthur Bell, on the first day recruitment started for the 2nd City Battalion – Pals.
Further details have been added with the help of Helen Wolfenden – John’s gt gt niece. Helen had numerous photos of her extended family including John Lewis as a boy and a young man with his sisters.
Helen should also make inquiries on http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php Mack and Harribobs have already researched John for another family member – Pippa Lewis – as shown with a photo here. http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=210178.0
Pippa confirms the further initial of John William G. Lewis which leads to the likely Roll of Honour for J W G Lewis of the Callico Printers Association at Poland Street.
Also see http://salfordwarmemorials.proboards.com/ A photo is available showing John’s commemoration on St Thomas’ Church, Pendleton and St Ann’s Church Brindleheath Memorial boards.