Eugene Murray LewisRegimental Number:469278 Regiment:Canadian InfantryBattalion:64th Battalion/25th Battalion Company:A CompanyRegimental Number:469278 Rank:PrivateDate of Birth:April 23, 1896 Place of Birth:Yarmouth, Nova ScotiaTrade:PainterMarital Status:Single Date of Enlistment:August 27, 1915Place of Enlistment:Sussex, New BrunswickAddress at Enlistment:Yarmouth, Nova ScotiaAge at Enlistment:19Height: 5 Feet, 5 InchesReligion:Roman CatholicNext of Kin:George M Lewis (Father) Yarmouth, Nova ScotiaEugene Lewis was the son of George M. Lewis, Yarmouth Nova Scotia. His mother had died in 1913. He joined the services 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 May 9, 1916 and was transferred to the 25th Battalion on June 27, 1916. He joined the Battalion in the field on August 4, 1916. He suffered from reoccurring chest myalgia and was transferred from time to time to field ambulance stations. On the 29 April 1917 Private Lewis was listed as missing in action during the battle at 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.On May 9, 1917 the father of Private Lewis received word that his son had been wounded. Word of his death was eventually received. His father did receive a letter from his other son, Robert, in France, in which he had enclosed a letter from Eugene. There is no known grave site for Private Lewis. His name is listed on the Vimy Memorial.Date of Death:April 29, 1917 (killed in action, Vimy)Age at Death:21Cemetery:Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Commemorated on Page 275 of the First World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 17
Private Eugene Murray Lewis
Attestation Paper (click to enlarge)
...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. ...