Hubert William Lewis

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Hubert William Lewis
Hubert William Lewis VC.jpg
Hubert William Lewis VC
Nickname(s) Stokey
Born 1 May 1896
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died 22 February 1977 (aged 80)
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Buried at Milford Haven Cemetery, Milford Haven
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit Welch Regiment
Home Guard
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Médaille militaire

Hubert William Lewis VC (1 May 1896 – 22 February 1977) was a Welsh recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Details[edit]

Lewis was 20 years old, and a private in the 11th (Service) Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 22/23 October 1916 at Macukovo (now called Evzonoi, on the Salonika Front), while on duty during a raid, Private Lewis was twice wounded on reaching the enemy trenches, but refused to be attended to. He was wounded again while searching enemy dug-outs and again refused assistance. At this point three of the enemy approached and Private Lewis immediately attacked them single-handed, capturing all three. Later, during the retirement, he went to the assistance of a wounded man and, under heavy shell and rifle fire, brought him back safely, after which he collapsed.[1]

Lewis returning to Milford Haven.

Additional information[edit]

He was also awarded the Médaille militaire by France.[2] During World War II he was in the Home Guard. He was from Milford Haven. His son, a flight sergeant in the RAF, was killed in a bombing raid over Germany.[3]

The Medal[edit]

His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 29866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 December 1916. pp. 12307–12308. 
  2. ^ London Gazette
  3. ^ CWGC entry
  4. ^ "Lord Ashcroft VC Collection". Retrieved January 15, 2013. 

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