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Name: Eugene Murray Lewis Regimental Number: 469278 Rank: Private Service: 64th Battalion/25th Battalion “A” Company Date of Birth: April 23, 1896 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Trade: Painter Marital Status: Single Date of Enlistment: August 27, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Sussex, New Brunswick Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 19 Height: 5 Feet, 5 Inches Complexion: Medium Eye Colour: Blue Hair Colour: Black Marital Status: Single Trade: Painter Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: George M Lewis (Father) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Death: April 29, 1917 Age at Death: 21 Memorial: Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Commemorated on Page 275 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 17 Eugene Lewis was the son of George Murray Lewis (1863-1937) and Elizabeth Lewis (1863-1914). He enlisted at Sussex, New Brunswick on August 27, 1915 with the 64th Battalion and departed for England aboard the SS Adriatic on March 31, 1916. He arrived in Liverpool, England on April 9, 1916 and was transferred to the 25th Battalion on June 29, 1916 at Shorncliffe Camp. He joined the 25th Battalion in the field on July 29, 1916. On the 29 April 1917 Private Lewis was listed as missing in action during an attack south east of Mont Foret Quarries, east of Vimy. A letter written by Lieutenant Charles Trask to his parents in Yarmouth provided information on the death of Private Lewis. Lieutenant Trask arrived in the line on April 29, 1917. The body was never recovered and Private Lewis is listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.
Eugene Murray Lewis
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...one of my corporals found Eugene Lewis’s body a few nights before we came out of the trenches and also that of another Yarmouth boy, A. Muise. They were both killed instantly and within a few yards of each other. We had them buried that night in the usual manner. Some day I hope to be able to tell his people exactly where he is. ...