Edward Lewis was born on 9th August 1897 in Winnipeg Manitoba.
I have not been able to trace Edward’s family on any census forms for Canada, nor can I find any proof of his birth and as he served in the Canadian Forces as George Brown there may have been circumstances in his life prior to joining up that may have led to him giving false information on his Attestation Form. Therefore I cannot guarantee that his date of birth is correct.
Archives and Library of Canada. Attestation Papers for Private 2140717 George Brown real name Edward Lewis.
George Brown (Edward Lewis) was drafted into the 1st Reserve battalion of the Canadian Infantry on 7th August 1918 at Victoria, British Columbia. he gave his date of birth as 9th August 1897 and his trade as Motor Mechanic, address at that time was Bay City Hotel, San Francisco, California. Next of Kin – David Williams, Friend.
After basic training in Canada, George (Edward) embarked for England aboard the S.S.Durham Castle and arrived on 25th September 1918 when he was posted to Seaford Army Camp to complete training.
Having arrived at the end of the war, George (Edward), was then stationed at Kinmel Camp in Rhyl to await repatriation to Canada.
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.
Tragically, Edward contracted Bronchial Pneumonia, and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 20th October 1918.
He named his sister Mrs D Williams of 2322 Toberman Street, Los Angeles, California in his will this address was changed to 957 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, California.
Edward was buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.