Jack Arthur Lewis
Memorial: Downend - Christ Church
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Rank and number: 2nd Lieutenant (Pilot)
Parents: Arthur Richard and Mary Sealy Lewis
Marital status: Single
Home address: Home Address: Pen Bryn, Overhill Road, Downend, Bristol. Lived: 62 Castleford Road, Sparkhill, Yardley, Worcestershire (1901 Census)
Pre-war occupation: Unknown
Date of birth: 21/02/1893
Place of birth: Banbury, Oxfordshire
Date of death: 16/09/1918
Buried/Commemorated at: No known grave – Commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, France.
Jack's father Albert was a commercial traveller and the family seems to have moved about a bit. On the 1911 Census, his parents were living at 8 Harcourt Road, Redland (but Jack was not at home).
Although known as Jack, his registered name was John. He enlisted with the 18th Battalion London Regiment (Service No. 1917) transferred to the 6th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (Service No. 590465), commissioned as an officer with the Middlesex Regiment in Sept 1917, and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps to train as a pilot.
Jack Lewis was serving as a pilot with 210th Squadron. He was flying a Sopwith Camel (number D3357) on the 16th September 1918 and he was reported missing. The authorities at the time had no further information.
Jack Lewis is commemorated on the Downend Christ Church Memorial and the Staple Hill Page Park Memorial.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast (Soldiers Died during the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census etc), Researcher John Davis.