Born: 1883, Copdock, Suffolk.
Died: 3rd April 1917; age 34; He was mortally injured by enemy artillery during battle (of Arras) preparations, part of an advance party, cutting barbed wire on the front line. He died of his wounds a few days later – 44th Casualty Clearing Station.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 35398
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 15th Brigade.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
1891 Grove Cottages, Whitton.
Walter was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Abram Lewis, 43, a General Labourer, born Great Wenham, Suffolk.
Harriet Lewis (nee Chiverton), 42, born Great Wenham.
James Lewis, 20, a Brickmaker, born Capel, Suffolk.
Harriet Lewis, 19, born Capel.
Frederick Lewis, 14, a General Labourer, born Copdock, Suffolk.
William Lewis, 5, born Ipswich.
1901 Grove Cottages, Henley Road, Whitton.
Walter was 18 years old, a Brick Kilm Worker. He was living with his parents & brothers.
Abram, 53, a Foreman at Brickworks.
Frederick, 24, a Brickmaker.
William, 15, a Brick Carter.
1911 The Beeches, 55, Springfield Lane, Ipswich.
Walter was 28 years old, a Brickmaker. He was married and Head of the Household.
Constance, 10 months.
On Christmas Day, 1909, Ipswich, Walter married Ethel Kate Hewitt, September 1885, Ipswich. They had 2 children:
Constance Ethel Lewis, 1910, Ipswich.
Walter Lewis, 1911, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Ethel K. Bond – widow.
A family note:
Unfortunately we have never seen any photo of Walter, his daughter (Connie Foster), my mother, was not a photograph keeper I regret to say.
The only pictures I can readily find are of Walter’s wife Ethel Kate Hewitt 30 years plus after Walter’s death, and it is me posing with her in my Northgate School uniform in 1950/51 at Felixstowe.
Along with my sister Cynthia Foster, we are Walter’s only grandchildren,
The other photo is Cynthia and me c. 1938/39 with our mother Connie.
Finally I must say thank you for your wonderful work on this memorial project, so fitting a tribute to all our heroes, and I am also happy that my home town – Ipswich – is linked with Arras, a lovely little French town where so many lay down their lives for us to remain free.
Extra information courtesy of Colin Foster.
Royal Field Artillery, 15th Brigade: