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Vernon Lewis - Addlestone Church, Surrey

 
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David McNay
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Vernon Lewis - Addlestone Church, Surrey Reply with quote

This is a transcription of a memorial taken from "For Remembrance and in Honour of those who lost their Lives in the South African War 1899-1902" by Sir James Gildea, published in 1911. This is a book which documents Boer War memorials in both Britain and abroad. Many of them make reference to Scottish Regiments.

Due to the age of the book, and the fact that this is a transcription, this memorial may no longer exist or be in the location as posted. I put this information online for reference. If anyone can provide a photo of this memorial we would be eternally grateful.

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Sacred to the memory of VERNON LEWIS, Brevet Major, Royal Scots Fusiliers, son of Capt. E Lewis of Darley Dene in this Parish, who was killed in action at the Relief of Ladysmith, when leading his men most gallantly at the storming of Pieterís Hill 27th February 1900, aged 28.

In 1895 he took part in the operations with the Chitral Relief Force under Major General Sir Robert Low, for which he was commended in general orders and received the medal and clasp. In 1897 he was selected for service in the West African Frontier Force, employed on the Staff, mentioned in despatches, and awarded a Brevet Majority, Medal and clasp.

He was a most affectionate son, a loyal friend and a true soldier.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I hope this wasn't in St Paul's church in Addlestone as I have been informed that it burnt down 2 or 3 years ago. Currently trying to find out more and get a photo if the memorial survives (the church has been rebuilt).

This is not listed on UKNIWM

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very grateful to Andy Whatling for providing the following pictures. I know it took some effort and more than one visit - thanks Andy.





Andy also provided the following transcription:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
VERNON LEWIS
BREVET MAJOR. ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
SON OF CAPTAIN LEWIS OF DARLEY DENE IN THIS PARISH,
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH.
WHEN LEADING HIS MEN MOST GALLANTLY AT THE STORMING OF PIETERS HILL
27TH FEBY 1900. AGED 28


IN 1895 HE TOOK PART IN THE OPERATIONS WITH THE CHITRAL RELIEF FORCE UNDER
MAJOR GENERAL SIR ROBERT LOW. FOR WHICH HE WAS COMMENDED IN GENERAL
ORDERS AND RECEIVED THE MEDAL AND CLASP IN 1897. HE WAS SELECTED FOR SERVICE
IN THE WEST AFRICAN FRONTIER FORCE EMPLOYED ON THE STAFF, MENTIONED IN
DISPATCHES AND AWARDED A BREVET MAJORITY MEDAL AND CLASP


HE WAS A MOST AFFECTIONATE SON, LOYAL FRIEND AND A TRUE SOLDIER


DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

The memorial was badly damaged by a fire in the church which was reported at 02:30 on 12th December 2003 but thankfully it survived. I have a description of the fire and the thoughts of the keyholder if anyone wants me to send it.

Andy has also reported this memorial to UKNIWM to be included in their records.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:45 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

Finally this is WMR 76502
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