Gwilym Hamer Lewis

1895 May 29. Born 33 Cory St, Resolven, Wales son of William Lewis and Emma Jane Lewis, formerly Ladis. His father is a Mechanical Engineer. This is a mining district, and the family appear to have emigrated to South Africa soon after his birth

Educated at Maritzburg College, Natal

1910 census. The whole family is missing. Presumably all gone to South Africa

1911 Jun 10. Gwilym H Lewis arrives in UK on SS Insizwa from Durban

1914 Enlists Rand Rifles in South Africa . Serves in South African Rebellion

1914-1915 German SW African Campaign

1915 Jul 28 Demobilised in South Africa

1915 Sep 4. Enlists in UK, his father is W H Lewis, Breyten Collieries, Transvaal, South Africa. He was an "Engineer"

1916 Jan 1. I cannot find his commission, but from date of promotion to Lt this should be it, if not earlier.

1916 Feb 14. Posted to France

1916 Apr 12. In hospital with Pyrexia & Adenitis. Returned to UK

1916 Jul/Sep. Marries Gertrude R Fox in London

1917 Feb 15. Wounded at Mouchy. An unexploded shell fell between his legs, tears large amounts of flesh. . Now walks with sticks

1917 Mar 11 Returns to UK

1917 Jul 1. 6th London Regt. 2nd Lt. G. H. Lewis to be Lt., with precedence next Below Lt. F. A. Willey.

1917 Oct 26. Seconded for work at Pool Board, as he has necessary technical qualifications need for this job

1918 Sep 13. London Regt. SWB. Lt. G. H. Lewis relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health caused by wounds received in action, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt. He apparently was released from the Army to take the position of Police Probationer in Federated Malay States. He was working at the Pool Board (Petroleum Supplies) when released

1918 Sep 6. Leaves UK. He says he is a Civil Servant, bound for Cape Town on SS Trafford Hall, and intending to settle in Malay States. His wife certainly knew he had gone to Malaya to join the police there

1920 Oct 8. Joined ADRIC with number 680 - G Hamer Lewis . Posted to F Coy

1921 May 3. Section Leader

1921 May 14. His wife is tracking him down

1921 May 25. Admitted King George V Hospital wounded IRA report notes that Lewis was wounded at the Custom House. Later awarded £1750 compensation

1921 Aug 6 to Sep 5 Medical Leave

1921 Oct 8 to Oct 30. Medical Leave

1921 Nov 19 to Depot

1921 Nov 25. Discharged Medically Unfit due to service in the RIC - his wounding at the Custom House

1922 Divorce Court File: 9960. Appellant: Gertrude Rosalind Lewis. Respondent: Gwilym Hamer Lewis. Type: Wife's petition for judicial separation

He then disappears from UK records and I assume he went back to S Arica,

1939 May 12. Died & buried at Stellawood Cemetery , Durban, South Africa

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