Andrew Lewis was the son of David and Martha Lewis of The Common, Buckley. He was the husband of Eliza Ann Lewis, 136 Mold Rd Buckley. David Lewis was a carter. From the 1911 census we know he and Martha had 9 children, all then living. They included David, Thomas and Edith as well as Andrew. Andrew was a brickworker in 1901 and a coal miner in 1911. He married Eliza Ann Shepherd at Bistre Emmanuel on the 28th January 1917 which was less than three weeks before he died. Eliza Ann married William Edward Price in 1920 and had three children, Horace, Len and Mary. Eliza Ann was the grandmother of Trefor Price.
There is some confusion regarding the date Andrew died. The CWGC database and his headstone record the date as 16th February 1917 but other records including his medal card, the Soldiers Died database, his Soldiers Effects and the Grave Registration form list 16th March 1917. Trefor Price obtained information from the Royal Tigers’ Association showing that on 26 February Andrew “proceeded to join the 9th Bn at Calais” and that he joined them in the field on 2 March. Therefore it appears that the 16th March date is correct. . From his medal card, Andrew had served in France since the 29th July 1915. He had been wounded on the Somme in July 1916.
Andrew was reported in several newspaper accounts.
North Wales Coast Pioneer, July 20 1916
Private Thomas Lewis, R.W.F., has also been wounded and his brother, Corpl, Andrew Lewis, of the Leicesters, has been wounded in the severe fighting of the last week. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. David Lewis, The Common, Buckley
North Wales Coast Pioneer, October 12 1916
Corporal Andrew Lewis, of the Leicesters, who was wounded in the first week in July last in the severe fighting on the Somme, is also home for a few days’ leave from hospital in Glasgow. Some of his poetry appeared in the Pioneer of August 17th. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lewis, The Common, Buckley
County Herald, May 17, 1917
A large congregation was attracted to the memorial service held at the Congregational Church, with reference to the deaths of Private Andrew Lewis (reported from the battle front) and of the Rev. J.V. Stephen a former pastor of the church.