Herbert Edward Cyril Lewis

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Witney, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
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Enlistment place:
London (City), Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
 —  King's Royal Rifle Corps, 8th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Inverness Copse, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 118

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Rifleman Herbert Edward Cyril Lewis was part of the 8th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps (41th Brigade, 14th Division) and took part in the Battle of Passchendaele.

On 23 August 1917 part of the 8th Battalion KRRC was relieved and marched to the hinterland, the remainder, one Company and a half, the HQ and Communications Sections were positioned adjacent Clapham Junction in a tunnel beneath the Menin Road.

On the night of the 23rd and 24th August 1917, units of the 42nd Brigade were ordered to relieve the 8th KRRC, but the relief was interrupted by a German attack. Therefore one and a half Company, remained in line, occupying a defensive flank, running from Inverness Copse to Stirling Castle.

Several heavy counter-attacks unfolded throughout the day. At one time units in Inverness Copse were very nearly driven out of their positions. Things looked critical and the 41st Brigade, which was in reserve, was ordered up to the frontline. By the end of the day the Germans had recaptured a significant part of the ground that was won in the previous days.

The 8th KRRC had suffered heavy casualties on the 24th of August 1917, mainly due to German shell fire. About one hundred men were either killed or wounded. Rifleman Herbert Edward Cyril Lewis was one of them. Herbert has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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"Passchendaele The Day-By-Day Account", McCarthy C., Uniform, 2018, p. 64
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"The Anals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, Volume V, The Great War"; Hare S., John Murray, 1932, pp. 230 - 234
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The Long Long Trail
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War Diary 8th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
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