Born: 7th December 1893, Bosmere, Suffolk.

Died: 1st November 1919; age 26; Died from disease – Cellulitis at Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham.

 Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham; Occupation: Farm Labourer; Religion: Wesleyan. Next of Kin: sister Mrs Alice Robinson. Signed up for 12 years on the 7th December 1911. Height on joining: 5ft 4 1/2 ins, height at 18 years: 5ft 5 1/2ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & dark brown hair.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: J/8399(ch)

Regiment: H.M.S. ‘Pembroke’ Royal Navy.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late James & Julia Sawyer; Sister – Mrs Alice Robinson, of 63, Surbiton Road, Ipswich.




1901   46, Waveney Road, Ipswich.


Lewis was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Sawyer, 37, a Blacksmith’s Labourer, born Yoxford, Suffolk.

Julia Sawyer (nee Cooper), 39, born Iken, Suffolk.

Edward John Sawyer, 12, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Sawyer, 10, born Ipswich.

Henry Sawyer, 8, born Hemingstone, Suffolk.

Florence Louisa Sawyer, 5, born Ipswich.

James Sawyer, 4 months, born Ipswich.


1911   Gibralter


Lewis was 17 years old, a Boy 1st Class for the Royal Navy. He was 1 of 197 boys on board ‘Berwick’ a First Class Armoured Cruiser, Fourth Cruiser Squadron. Captain – Hugh T. Hibbert.


Lewis’s mother, Julia Sawyer died 1909, Ipswich.

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