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Tobias Lewis

Born:
1885
Died:
8 Tishri 5677 (05 October 1916)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LEW0425
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1885
Place of birth:
Great Yarmouth

Death

Date of death:
8 Tishri 5677 (05 October 1916)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Hill 60
Cause of death:
Died of wounds
Burial place:
Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps

Places

Schools

Name:
Regent Street Polytechnic
Name:
Royal Academy of Art
Year started:
1909
Year left:
1914
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The Fallen

The death of Tobias Lewis cuts short a career full of promise and evokes the profoundest regret among all who knew him. He with his brothers, of whom one was killed some months ago in Flanders, took his place in the ranks soon after the outbreak of war. He passed a hard year in the trenches, taking part (I am sure with devotion and bravery) in several engagements. In him we Jews have reason to deplore the death of a Jewish artist of exceptional ability. The Turner Gold Medal was gained by him when at the Royal Academy Schools and he bade fair to take a high place among his contemporaries. His modesty and the charm of his personality made him very popular and it is with the deepest grief that I find myself paying this last little tribute to the memory of a dear young friend.

Lance Corporal Tobias Lewis

In the course of a letter to Mrs Lewis with reference to the late Lance-Corporal Tobias Lewis, Lieutenant J. F. Robins, Royal Fusiliers says: - "Your son was one of the old members of our battalion, and therefore well-known to us. We had been able to appreciate him: a good, straight and trustworthy soldier. In the face of heavy enemy shelling he stuck to his post and through him the men around him were able to be sent out of danger. Thanks to his devotion to duty and to his comrades, a good many lives were saved".

Family

Siblings

Flora Lewis (female)
Rachel Lewis (female)
Sarah Lewis (female)
Maurice Lewis (male)
Nettie Lewis (female)

Parents

Father: Mendel Lewis (male)
Mother: Miriam Lewis (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
4073
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
05 October 1916
Rank at discharge/death:
Lance Corporal
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment)
Battalion/unit:
23rd

Roll of Honour

T. LEWIS, 06 October 1916

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Lance Corporal
Date of Death:
05/10/1916
Age:
29
Regiment / service:
23rd Bn., Royal Fusiliers
Cemetery:
Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps
Grave reference:
II. O. 5.
Additional information:

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Artist

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