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The son of local J.P. Rowland Lewis, Edwin Lewis was born in 1882 in Penn, and was a director of Edwin Lewis and Sons Ltd, of the Britannia Tube Works, in Ettingshall.

Lewis served with the 1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment in France, being promoted to Major. On 19 October 1915, an article appeared in one of the local newspapers, stating that he had been wounded in the shoulder, but the reassuring phrase was that “So far as can be ascertained he is going on as well as can be expected.” He was wounded again in 1917, later returning to the unit.

On 29 September 1918, he was in command of “B” Company of the 1/6th South Staffords and led his men across the St Quentin Canal, but was mortally wounded. He was taken to an Advanced Dressing Station but died the following day. Roy Evans’s book on the regiment has the following to say on this incident:

Major Edwin Lewis died of wounds received in this attack. The only son of Mr Rowland Lewis J.P. of Penn, Wolverhampton, after being educated at Repton he had joined the Territorial battalion some ten years earlier. He embarked upon active service with them when they first went to France in 1915, subsequently being promoted to the rank of Major. In civilian life Edwin Lewis had been running his family firm of Edwin Lewis and Sons Ltd., of Ettingshall. Having previously been severely wounded whilst acting second in command in 1917, Major Lewis died aged 36 on the 30th September 1918 and is buried in Brie British Cemetery, France.

He is commemorated on the Wolverhampton Roll of Remembrance, as well as on the war memorial in St Bartholomew’s church in Penn, and on the plaque in the Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church.

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