Jack's Diary

The diary of Sergeant Samuel John "Jack" Drew M.M., August 1918 to January 1919.

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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Over 60, with a son 32 and a daughter 22. Retired on 26 October, 2007, after 37 years with the company. No matter, I've led an interesting life with much travel in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Region, and a little bit of Africa.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lieutenant Frederic(k) George LEWIS

Frederic(k) George LEWIS was 32 years of age at the time of his death, killed in action by machine gun fire. He was born in Brisbane South, the son of John Robert Humphrey LEWIS and Lucy (or Lucie). JR Humphrey Lewis was an employee of the "Brisbane Telegraph" newpaper.

Fred had been educated at Brisbane Boys Grammar School, and was living in Wooloowin and on the staff of the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) at the time of his enlistment on 5 September 1916. He rose through army ranks from Private to Lieutenant with the 42nd Battalion.

Embarkation Roll:

Rank/Calling: 2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 42 Infantry Battalion (June 1916)

Ship Name: HMAT Borda

Ship Number: A30

Date of Embarkation: 5/06/1916

Place of Embarkation: Sydney

Nominal Roll:

The relevant image of his entry in the Nominal Roll can be found at:

Roll of Honour:
Rank: Lieutenant [Lt]
Unit: 42nd Bn Australian Inf
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of Death: 01/09/1918
Place of Death:
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Panel: 135
Cemetery or Memorial Details: FRANCE 624 Hem Farm Military Cemetery Hem-Monacu
Next Of Kin:
Place Of Enlistment: Windsor, QLD
Native Place:
Notes: LEWIS, Lt. Frederick George. 42nd Bn. Australian Inf.
Killed in action 1st Sept., 1918. Age 32.
Son of J. R. Humphrey Lewis and Lucy Lewis. Born at Brisbane, Queensland.
II. D. 20.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

More details to come later.


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