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1/23rd London regiment researching the Lewis brothers


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Researching 3 brothers 23rd London regiment

Wilfred Henry Lewis Kia

Frederick Lewis 1914-18

Francis Stephen Lewis 1921

From battersea /Wandsworth any help appreciated

Gary@a1plc.co.uk

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Thanks , like to trace photograph of WH Lewis .

Why were some many of the dead of 26/5/15 not recovered or identified for burial is because the Germans soon recovered their trenches at givenchy

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Gary,

Could you possibly supply more information about Frederick and Francis, e.g. birthdate, parents? As there are quite a few people of these names.

Mark

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Francis Stephen Lewis born 1900

Joined London regt 1920/21 think was 22nd or 24th as photo with RWS badge

Brother Wilfred Henry Lewis b1897/88

Enlistment number 1426 1/23rd KIA 1

26/5/15 . Be interested could get any pictures .

Why we're there dos unknown graves for those killed from 23/24th batt 25-27/5/15 . Is because Germans recovered their trenches where most of our casualties occurred ?

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Gary

And Frederick?

Top tip on asking for somethig like this, give us ALL the information you have rather than drip feed it in as people ask for it. Otherwise people can spend a lot of time looking for stuff you already have! For example when looking for medal cards and so on the DoB is rarely useful but the Regimental number (not given in your first post) is crticial.

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Wilfred Henry Lewis enlistment no 1426 indicates signed late 1913 or early 1914 .

Frederick Lewis need check middle name it's all

One thing I noticed about the the casualty lists was the huge number of surnames that were very familiar . Went to school at the oval and had a lot of pupils from both Wandsworth & Lambeth

Top tip on asking for somethig like this, give us ALL the information you have rather than drip feed it in as people ask for it. Otherwise people can spend a lot of time looking for stuff you already have! For example when looking for medal cards and so on the DoB is rarely useful but the Regimental number (not given in your first post) is crticial.

Top tip on asking for somethig like this, give us ALL the information you have rather than drip feed it in as people ask for it. Otherwise people can spend a lot of time looking for stuff you already have! For example when looking for medal cards and so on the DoB is rarely useful but the Regimental number (not given in your first post) is crticial.

Thanks heather

Good point I Need to a little more research prescriptions to various genealogy websites need resubscribing to !

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Do you have a date of birth or (more importantly) a Regimental number for Frederick. How do you know he was in the 1/23rd?

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Gary,

1426 Wilfred Henry Lewis was in B Company. Enlisted in mid July 1912, not 1913/1914. A lot of the 23rd fatalities were buried in the days immediately following the attack, and lists were sent to Division, but at some point the location of the graves was obliterated in the fighting over the next few years, so that's why most of them are on Le Touret as missing.

Best regards,

Matthew

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Do you have a date of birth or (more importantly) a Regimental number for Frederick. How do you know he was in the 1/23rd?

Father told me and as both lived in battersea assumed both joined up at St. John's but might have been different battalion.

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Guest brianamos

Hello All

Trying to research my great great Uncle, Henry E Falconer, who died aged only 19 on September 5, 1918. He came from Tooting and appears to have been in the London Regiment, both the 1/23rd and 21st. He also appears to have two regimental numbers - 3969 and 653902, but the latter one is on the war graves commission site.

He is buried in Bois-Guillame. I see that the 23rd doesn't appear to have been in any battle on September 5, 1918 but I've also read that the Bois-Guillame cemetery has a lot of men who died in the nearby no. 8 general hospital (Rouen?).

Does anyone know what battles the 1/23rd was involved in during 1918?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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His entry in the Soldier's Effects Registers (on Ancestry) confirm that he died in 8 General Hospital. The 653902 number would have been issued in the general renumbering of the Territorial force around April 1917.

1/23 London were in 47th (2nd London) Division, in August and September they fought in the Battle of Amiens, Battle of Albert and Battle of Bapaume see http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-battle-of-amiens/ and http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-second-battles-of-the-somme-1918/

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He may of died of influzena 

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