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Lewis, Frederick George (1886–1918)

Mr. J. R. H. Lewis, of Wooloowin, and sub-editor of the "Telegraph," has received advice from the Defence Department that his second son, Lieut. Frederick George Lewis, of the 42nd Battalion, has been killed in France. The younger brother has an appointment in a munitions works in England, and Mrs. Lewis and a sister are in London.

Lieutenant Lewis who was 33 years old enlisted in Brisbane, in October, passed his examination for a commission before Christmas of that year. He was gazetted in January, 1916, and subsequently was appointed to the 42nd Battalion. After training in England from August to October, 1916, he went to France and saw much active service. He was wounded on 7th June last year, and returned to the firing line in September. He passed through several officers' schools, and had passed the examination for captain. When in October, 1917, it was decided t0 properly organise the various soldier concert parties entertaining the army in France, Lieutenant Lewis was appointed to the command of the party serving the Third Division. He easily reorganised it under the name of the Cooees, and equipped it with an orchestra of 20 performers, and their efforts helped to keep up the spirit and morale of the division throughout a trying winter. In Juno last he was in London on furlough, suffering from the effects or gas. He paid a visit to Scotland and returned to France at the end of June in splendid condition.

The young lamented officer was educated at the Normal school and the Grammar School. He then entered into the service of the Bank of New South Wales in Brisbane, and afterwards filled positions for the bank at Toowoomba (as relieving officer for the Downs), at Gympie as accountant and teller), and again at head office in the city. He was extremely popular, and had figured prominently as a singer and amateur actor and as a cricketer, footballer and tennis.

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'Lewis, Frederick George (1886–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lewis-frederick-george-22640/text32220, accessed 21 November 2017.

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