1915-2015: Abergele & District Commemorations: Neville Lewis

Private 2368 Neville Lewis, B Company, 1/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, 127th Brigade, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Killed in action 27 May 1915, aged 22. No known grave, Panel 158 to 170, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. Commemorated on Abergele War Memorial andAbergele Town Memorial.

Son of Edward and Elizabeth A. Lewis, of Strathmore, St. George’s Road, Abergele, and the proprietors of The Gwindy Hotel (the family was a well known local family and the ‘Lewis Bro’s’ tailors ghost sign can still be seen high on the wall of the building adjacent to Y Gwindy).  Born Hawarden, enlisted Wigan, early September 1914, lived Gwindy Hotel, Abergele. Initially served with 6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, with a home address of the Gwindy Hotel. He landed in Gallipoli on 6 May 1915 and was killed exactly three weeks later. His younger brother, Henry John Bernard Lewis, also served.

Although Neville Lewis has no known grave, he was buried initially. Private Alf Austin of Pensarn, who also initially served in the 6th Manchester’s with Neville, wrote home in September 1915 that Neville’s grave had been found and that “the Abergele boys out there” planned to erect a suitable memorial. One can only assume that this was never done, or that subsequently the memorial marker was removed or lost following the evacuation from Gallipoli at the end of the year.

Lewis, Neville (9) resized

 

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3 thoughts on “1915-2015: Abergele & District Commemorations: Neville Lewis

  1. Sarah Lewis:

    Thank you so much for posting this about my ancestory. I have just moved back to the area from Rome, Italy because his brother, Henry John Barnard Lewis married an Italian and now I have returned again to my nearby Abergele roots in Rhyl. His sister, my great aunt Annie Gwyneth would have been very proud to read this. I remember these stories well and am very grateful and proud.
    Llawer o ddiolch, Sarah Lewis

  2. Sarah Lewis:

    I must also add that my father – Neville Lewis (1931 – 1987) was named after his uncle in memory of his life.
    Diolch yn fawr unwaith eto, Sarah Lewis

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