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Michael Charles Lewis

Born:
19 Tammuz 5656 (30 June 1896)
Died:
8 Kislev 5675 (26 November 1914)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LEW4311
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
19 Tammuz 5656 (30 June 1896)
Place of birth:
Aldgate, London

Death

Date of death:
8 Kislev 5675 (26 November 1914)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Sheerness
Cause of death:
Killed by the internal explosion of the HMS Bulwark
Burial place:
Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Places

Addresses

Family home:
52 High Street Aldgate, EC (1914)

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Lads' Brigade
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HMS Bulwark Explosion, 26 November 1914

Michael was killed by an internal explosion on the HMS Bulwark on the 26 of November 1914. The ship was anchored at Sheerness and was ripped apart at 7.50am. Out of a crew of 750, there were only 14 survivors who were all ordinary sailors; no officers survived. This incident remains the second most catastrophic accidental explosion in the history of the United Kingdom, exceeded only by the explosion of Battleship Vanguard at Scapa Flow in 1917.

Family

Siblings

Nathan Lewis (male)
John Lewis (male)
Rose Lewis (female)
Julia Lewis (female)
Samuel Lewis (male)
Edwin Lewis (male)

Parents

Father: Isaac Lewis (male)
Mother: Leah Levy (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
British Navy
Military record no.:
4929
Date enlisted/conscripted:
09 November 1913
Date discharged/death:
26 November 1914
Rank at discharge/death:
Officer's Steward 3rd Class
Assignments
Posting:
HMS Excellent
HMS Bulwark

Roll of Honour

M. C. LEWIS, 26 November 1914

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Officer's Steward 3rd Class
Date of Death:
26/11/1914
Age:
Regiment / service:
H.M.S. "Bulwark.", Royal Navy
Cemetery:
Grave reference:
5.
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