James Albert "Bert" Lewis MC

Nov 19, 1893

Born in Convent Hill, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland to William and Susan Mary (nee Townsend) Lewis


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59586 (temporary number 87)

Ø  Next of kin given as William Lewis, father, Weston Villa, Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Brakeman for the Grand Trunk Railway

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Nov 13, 1914

Admitted to Kingston hospital with a diagnosis that reads inflamed tonsils


Nov 17, 1914

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 10, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Sep 11, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 4, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 26, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1915

After leaving the base depot, Private Lewis rejoined the 21st Battalion in La Clytte, Belgium


Jun 28, 1916

While in the front line near Hill 60 on the Ypres Salient, Private Lewis received shrapnel wounds to his left leg and was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance.  He was then transferred to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 30, 1916

Transferred to the No. 12 Casualty Clearing Station


Jul 6, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 15, 1916

Proceeded to England and transferred to the CTD (Canadian Training Depot) in Shorncliffe to attend the Officer Training Course at Trinity College, Cambridge


Nov 21, 1916

Granted a commission with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Dec 30, 1916

Discharged from the CEF at East Sandling and commissioned in the Imperial Army with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.  This was made effective November 21, 1916 for pay and seniority purposes.

He was transferred to the Indian Army and posted to the 1/123rd Outram’s Rifles stationed in Manipur, India

He served at the Suez Canal and Cairo, Egypt.  While serving with the Indian Army with the rank of Lieutenant he earned a Military Cross for bravery

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Sandville Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland


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