Cecil Edward Colston Lewis

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Leinster Regiment

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 6/604

Parents: Elizabeth Jane and John Lewis

Home address: Wick, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Blacksmith

Date of birth: 1892

Place of birth: Wick, Bristol

Date of death: 09/08/1915

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey and commemorated on Kingswood Holy Trinity Memorial

Age: 23

Further information:

Cecil was born in Wick, the son of a painter and decorator, and a middle child of six with four sisters and a brother.

Cecil initially joined the Somerset Light Infantry before transferring to the 6th Battalion, Leinsters. On the 9th July 1915, Cecil's regiment embarked for Egypt from Liverpool and on 5th August 1915 they landed at Anzac and were attached to the Australian & New Zealand Corps. They engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army including The Landing at Suvla Bay (6–15 August 1915). It was during this action that Cecil lost his life, just four days after setting foot on Turkish soil. Early in August 1915, the Embarkation Pier area, where Cecil is buried, was occupied by the headquarters of two divisions, and later by the 16th (British) Casualty Clearing Station.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Kingswood Heritage Museum