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FALFIELD - Pale brown or fallow open land'. Old English fecal + field.
Taken from A Dictionary of Place-Names Oxford University Press, © A.D. Mills 1998.

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Name:


Date Born:

Circa 1889

Birth Place:

Charfied, Gloucestershire

Date of Death:

13th May 1918

Fate:

Died of wounds

Rank

Private

Regiment:

2nd/4th Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Service No:

202936

Duty Location:

France and Flanders

Buried:

Aire Communal Cemetery. Plot 2. Row J. No.28.


Location Information


Aire is a town about 14 Kms south-south-east of St. Omer.


The Communal Cemetery is 750 metres north of the town, on the road to St. Omer and the four Commonwealth plots are on the east side.


Historical Information


From March 1915 to February 1918, Aire was a busy but peaceful centre used by Commonwealth forces as corps headquarters. The Highland Casualty Clearing Station was based there as was the 39th Stationary Hospital (from May 1917) and other medical units. Plot I contains burials from this period.


The burials in plots II, III and IV (rows A to F) relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within 13 kilometres of the German lines.


The cemetery now contains 894 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and a few French and German war graves. There are also 21 Second War burials, mostly dating from the withdrawal to Dunkirk in May 1940.


The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.


Medals:











1914/15 Star

It is unclear whether Sidney was was awarded the 1914 or 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.

The 1914/15 Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914- 15” and the two small scrolls bearing “Aug” and “Nov” are omitted.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

He would also have received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, as it was not awarded singularly.

Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.

The Victory Medal (British Empire campaign medal) was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

This medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.

Parents:

William Thomas and Lottie Lewis, of Falfield, Glos.; husband of Lizzie Lewis (nee Poole), of Grovesend, Thornbury, Glos.

Military Information:

Formed: 1881


Disbanded: 1959


The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) was an infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot and the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot.


The regiment was originally formed as The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire Regiment), taking the honorific from the 49th Foot (which became the 1st Battalion) and the county affiliation from the 66th Foot (which became the 2nd Battalion). In 1885 it was granted the distinction of a royal title, and became The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment); in 1921 the titles switched to become The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s)


After service in the First and Second World Wars, it was amalgamated into The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) in 1959.

Other Information

Also remembered on the Parish of Clevedon All Saints  Roll of Honour

Sidney’s parents William and Lottie Lewis are buried in St George’s churchyard.

The 1901 census records Sidney and his parents were living in Milbury Heath/Buckover Falfield.

The 1911 census Sidney was living with his parents at Whitfield, Falfield. His profession was recorded as a Plasterer and Tiler.

The Banns register for St George’s Church, Falfield record that the banns of marriage between Sidney Joseph Lewis of Falfield and Lizze Poole of Thornbury were read on the 8th, 15th & 22nd June 1913. There is also a marriage index record for the quarter April/June 1913.

Credits: St George’s  Burial Records, and Banns, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, forces-war-records.co.uk,

If anyone believes that any of the information above is incorrect or has information to add to Sidney Joseph Lewis then please email webmaster@falfield.org.uk

SIDNEY JOSEPH LEWIS AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY Lewis_S_J.jpg aire_communal_cemetery.jpg

British War Medal

Victory Medal

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