Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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20/08/2018 The 1911 census record William as age 17 years old, living with the family at Milltown Street, Dungannon. He was 17 years old. He was working as a Preparing Master.
20/08/2018 The 1901 census lists Willie as age 7, living with the family at house 1 in Cottagequinn, Derrygortrevy, Dungannon.
20/08/2018 Known family: James Lewis, Jane Lewis, Margaret Lewis (born about 1882, Philadelphia), William Lewis (born about 1884, Philadelphia), Lizzie Lewis (born about 1886), Eddie Lewis (born about 1888), Mary Lewis (born about 1890), Charles Lewis (born about 1892).
20/08/2018 William was born in Philadelphia, USA about1884. His elder sister Margaret was also born in America. He was one of seven children, six surviving.
20/08/2018 William J Lewis was the eldest son of James and Jane Lewis. They were married about 1880. Both were born in Tyrone.
20/12/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 20th July 1916:
20/12/2016 Sapper William Lewis, Royal Engineers, Ulster Division, Park Road, Dungannon, wounded.
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30/12/2015 William had constantly written home and his relatives were becoming uneasy at the absence of letters from him.
30/12/2015 Sapper Lewis, along with other engineers, had been attached to the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles (the Central Antrim Volunteers), in connection with the attack on 1st July, but had not been since heard of since that day.
30/12/2015 He was a member of C Company, Dungannon Battalion, Ulster Volunteer Force before enlisting.
30/12/2015 Mr James Lewis, Park Road, Dungannon, received intimation on Tuesday from a comrade-in-arms in France that his eldest son, Sapper William Lewis, Royal Engineers (Ulster Division), had been wounded during the advance in 1st July. The wounded soldier had constantly written home and his relatives were becoming uneasy at the absence of letters from him lately. He was a very efficient member of C Company, Dungannon Battalion, U.V.F.
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 22 July 1916:
30/12/2015 Sapper William Lewis was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
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30/12/2015 Sapper William Lewis, 122nd Field Company, Royal Engineers (Ulster Division), had been reported wounded during the advance in 1st July 1916 at the Somme.
30/12/2015 Mr James Lewis, Park Road, Dungannon, received official intimation on Saturday that his eldest son, Sapper William Lewis, Royal Engineers, was missing and believed killed. He was attached to the Central Antrim Volunteers in the 'big push' on 1st July and had not been since heard of.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 5th August 1916: Sapper William Lewis
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30/12/2015 Mr James Lewis, Park Road, Dungannon, received intimation on Saturday that his eldest son, Sapper William Lewis, of the Royal Engineers (Ulster Division), was missing and believed killed. From enquiries made, it has been ascertained that Sapper Lewis with other engineers had been attached to the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim Volunteers), in connection with the big push, but had not been since heard of since 1st July. He was in the employment of Messrs. Hale, Martin & Co. Ltd., Dungannon, prior to the outbreak of war, and on reaching the required age, promptly volunteered. He was of a quiet disposition and was well liked by all his companions.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 3 August 1916:
30/12/2015 On reaching the required age, the young William Lewis promptly volunteered.
30/12/2015 Sapper William Lewis has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 30th September 1916: Sapper Lewis
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30/12/2015 The mystery surrounding the fate of Sapper William Lewis, Royal Engineers, who had been officially reported as wounded and missing since 1st July, has been solved. His father, Mr James Lewis, Park Road, Dungannon, has received a letter from the young man's officer, Lieutenant Young, stating that the body of his son had been found in No Man's Land by the Black Watch on 16th September and had been suitably interred. His identification disc, pocket book, and ring, had also been found. The deceased soldier volunteered on the formation of the Ulster Division. He had been an active member of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
30/12/2015 William was in the employment of Messrs. Hale, Martin & Co. Ltd., Dungannon, prior to the outbreak of war. According to the 1910 Ulster Towns Directory, Hale, Martin, & Co., Ltd., was a spinning mill.
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