Researcher Mavis Williams
Memorial Connahs Quay
Name James Harold Lewis
Regiment 4th Bn South Wales Borderers (Formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers)
Service Rank and Number Private 28429 (formerly 1607)
Military Cemetery/Memorial Basra Memorial
Ref No. of Grave or Memorial Panel 16 and 62
Country of Cemetery/Memorial Iraq
Medals Awarded Victory and British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death Died 29th January 1918 age 21 as a Prisoner of War
Biographical Details Known
Like the Leatherbarrow story, see the Hawarden War Memorial, this is a similar sad story, this time the father had to sign 3 Flintshire WW1 Index Cards for his boys who had died in the war. His sons George H., Joseph E. and James H Lewis are all recorded on their own pages, but I will tell the family story as it is the same for them all.
James Harold Lewis first appears on a census form in 1901. He was living with his family at The Warren, Broughton, Hawarden. The family comprised of Henry Lewis (head) a 37 year old bricklayer who had been born in Hawarden.His wife was Caroline 34 originally from Hope Flintshire. Henry & Caroline Lewis (nee Jones) had married in Wrexham, in a Civil Ceremony in 1888.( WM/031/19 ). All 5 of their children had been born in Hawarden. George Henry 10, Miria (sic) 8, Caroline 6, James 4 and Joseph 2. All the children were said to have been born in Hawarden, Flintshire.
In 1911 the family had moved again, to Hope Station, Penyffordd, which is very close to Pentrobin, so they were returning to the area where they had started out married life. Henry was now 47, still a Bricklayer, Wife Caroline was 44 and they had been married 20 years, 6 children had been born to them, all were still living. Daughter Maria E. was single and 18. Son James Harold was 14 and his job was “Brushing up at Ironworks”, son Joseph Edward was 12 and son Charles was 7, both at school.
Bless Henry Lewis, he had to sign 3 cards, for his 3 boys, George Henry, James Harold and Joseph Edward, they all were lost in the War. Please read their stories, He put the date of George’s death where he should have put the date he wrote and signed the Flintshire WW1 Index Card, but it must have been awful for him.
Henry & Caroline had 1 son left out of their 4 boys.
There is a card for James Harold Lewis in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office. This gives the home address as 3 Pottery Cottages Ewloe Green and confirms the regimental details above. It was signed by his father who wrote ‘Palestine died prisoner of war in Turkey’. date not known.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details above . It tells us that he enlisted in Hawarden and had died in Turkey.
George Henry Lewis elder brother to James Harold was also killed in the War. He is named on the Connah’s Quay Memorial and has his own page on this website.
The 3 brothers are all remembered on the Hawarden War Memorial, but only George Henry and James Harold are remembered on the Connah’s Quay War Memorial and only George is remembered on the St. Ethelwold’s Church Screen.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: Son of Henry Lewis, of Pottery Cottages, Ewloe Green, Ewloe, Chester.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about James H Lewis does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.
Click here to view his Commonwealth War Grave Certificate