Personal info

  • Name: Allan Leonard LEWIS
  • D.O.B: 28th February, 1895
  • D.O.A: 21st September, 1918
  • D.O.D: 21st September, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 6th Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment, 54th Brigade, 18th Division

Ronssoy and Lempire, France 18 and 21 September 1918

18 and 21 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery at Rossnoy on the 18th September, 1918, when in command of a section on the right of an attacking line held up by intense machine-gun fire. L./Cpl. Lewis, observing that two enemy machine guns were enfilading the line, crawled forward singlehanded and successfully bombed the guns, and by rifle fire later caused the whole team to surrender, thereby enabling the line to advance. On 21st September, 1918, he again displayed great powers of command, and, having rushed his company through the enemy barrage, was killed whilst getting his men under cover from heavy machine-gun fire. Throughout he showed a splendid disregard of danger, and his leadership at a critical period was beyond all praise. 

Eighth Supplement to The London Gazette of 28 January 1919. 31 January 1919, Numb. 31155, p. 1505

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