Private Frederick Richard Lewis 15/587

Private Frederick Richard Lewis

Born. 1894, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Died. July 5th 1916.

Frederick Richard Lewis, was the son of Richard Henry and Alice Lewis, who lived prior to the war at 95 Stratford Street, Dewsbury Road, Leeds and was a member of the Leeds Parish Church choir.

On the 5th September 1914, whilst working as a bank clerk at the Dewsbury Road branch of the Yorkshire penny bank, Frederick presented himself at the Leeds town hall, immediately enlisted into the "Leeds Pals" and was posted to B company, Platoon, Section 1, where he became a section machine gunner. His platoon commanding officer being 2nd Lt Leonard Foster.

Private Lewis was to serve with the pals at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.

On the 1st of July 1916, Frederick was severely wounded and a couple of days later he found himself on a hospital ship bound for home. On the 5th of July 1916 whilst on board the ship bound for Britain, he died of his wounds.

On the 12th of July 1916, Private Frederick Richard Lewis was buried in Holbeck Cemetery, Leeds. The first Leeds pal to be buried in Leeds, who died in a theatre of war.

The Yorkshire Observer, on the 13th of July 1916 reported:

The funeral took place, yesterday, at Holbeck Cemetery, of Pte F.R. Lewis, the son of Mr R.H. Lewis of Stratford Street, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, who died of his wounds on a Hospital ship. The reserve of the Leeds pals attended and afterwards a memorial service was held at the Leeds Parish Church.

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