Daniel Adkins Lewis
|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Borstal, Warwickshire, England|
|Death||29 May 1951 aged 69|
|Place of Death||Bassendean, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||34 years, 11 months|
5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 147 lbs|
66.678 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||'Eden Park', Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Ada Lewis|
|Date of Enlistment||26 Apr 1916|
|Unit/Formation||51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, B Company / 13th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||13 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A23 Suffolk|
|Date of Return||10 Dec 1918 ‒ 2 Jan 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Somali|
Wounded in Action 2 Apr 1917 at Noreuil |
Wounded in Action 12 Oct 1917 at Passchendaele
Wounded in Action 11 Aug 1918 at Etinehem
Returned to Australia
|Monument||Kelmscott War Memorial (North panel)|
British War Medal |
A week after entering camp, Daniel was allocated to the 6th reinforcement draft for the 51st Battalion. Following 5 months training he embarked for England, where after a month's further training he embarked on HMT Princess Victoria in Folkestone.
On arrival in France, Daniel joined 51st Battalion at Bazentin south of Pozieres on 22 Jan 1917. On 1 Apr 1917 Daniel's battalion moved from Vaux-Vracourt into position to attack Noreuil at 5.15am on the 2nd. During the attack Daniel was wounded badly with a GSW to his neck (severe). Treated by 4th Australian Field Ambulance, and 13th Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, he embarked on HS Princesse Elisabeth at Boulogne for England where he was admitted to the Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton. Daniel rejoined the 51st Battalion on 14 Aug 1917 when it was in Belgium near Kemmel, north of Ploegsteert.
On 11 Oct 1917 they relieved the 49th Battalion in the line near Ypres, and during the 13 and 14 Oct their trenches were shelled. Daniel received multiple shrapnel wounds to his knees, and was treated by the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on the 14th, before being admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital in Boulogne on the 15th before he was evacuated to England on the HS Princesse Elisabeth on 17 Oct 1917 in order to be admitted to Tankerton VAD just north of Canterbury the same day.
Following convalescence at Longbridge Deverill, he returned to France on 19 Jun 1918, rejoining the 51st Battalion on 21 Jun 1918 at Daours just outside Amiens where it was rebuilding its strength and training.
On 11 Aug 1918 the battalion moved to the northern bank of the Somme near Chippilly and B Company was loaned to the 50th Battalion which was charged with capturing Etinehem. During this engagement Daniel was wounded a third time, this time receiving GSWs to his left elbow, left thigh, and shoulder, classed as severe. Initially treated by the 10th Australian Field Ambulance, and then the 55th Casualty Clearing Station, he arrived at the 11 Stationary Hospital in Rouen on 13 Aug 1918, before being sent on 16 Aug 1918 to the 2nd Southern General Hospital in Bristol. Released to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford for treatment on 4 Oct 1918 and then furlough from 8 - 23 Oct 1918, he then proceeded to Weymouth to recover his strength.
Casualty List 292 reports D.A. Lewis of Kelmscott WIA severely
Electoral Roll entries - 1916 - 1917 with Ada at 'Eden Park', Kelmscott, a labourer; 1921 - 1931 Wallace street, Belmont, labourer; 1936 Walyurin, farm hand (south of Kulin); 1937 Boyerine (north of Katanning), labourer; 1949 Umbra street Wagin, pensioner. Ada died 24 Jan 1950 in Wagin.