The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lieutenant E C Lewin


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Lieutenant Edward Chaloner LEWIN,  1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, at Gouzeaucourt, France, 27th September 1918, age 25.

Born 25th September 1893, Bromley, Kent.

Eldest Son of Harold Chaloner Lewin and Frances Elizabeth Lewin, (daughter of James Brown Alston), of Birchdale, Bromley, Kent.

Educated at Hazelhurst, Frant, Sussex; Marlborough College, Wiltshire and Oriel College, Oxford.

26th August 1914, Gazetted Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st January 1916, promoted Lieutenant; attached to 1st Garrison Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment; from January 1916, served in India; February 1917, invalided to England and on recovery transferred to the 3rd (Reserve), Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, Kent & Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey; subsequently at his own request was sent to France 9th August 1918.

The Colonel of the 3rd (Reserve), Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, wrote: "He was one of the finest boys I have met for years, a keen and most capable soldier, untiring at his work, but never shirked, but ever asked fore employment. In addition he studied his profession, and had he been spared would have gone far in the service.  Apart from his professional ability, I greatly admired his character, frank and upright to a degree, and although one of the most cheery lads, a brilliant sportsman, yet I ever noted his God fearing conduct in his mode of life, " and his Major: "Like his brother Frank, he had the heart of a lion, knew no fear, and lived up to the highest ideals of an officer. He fell leading his men - his only place - on 27th September 1918."

Brother Captain Francis Harold  Lewin, MC who  also fell.

Commemorated at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, V. D. 15., France.


London Gazette 24th February 1916

The under mentioned temporary Second Lieutenants to be temporary Lieutenants : —

With seniority from 1st January, 1916. Edward C. Lewin, from The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Dated 3rd January, 1916.

London Gazette 1st November 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment - Temporary Lieutenant  E. C. Lewin, from Bedford Regiment, to be temporary Lieutenant. -  25 September 1917, with seniority 1 January 1916.

London Gazette 1st January 1918.

Royal West Kent Regiment -  Temporary Lieutenant  E. C. Lewin, from a Garrison Battalion , Bedford Regiment , notified in Gazette 1 November 1917, is cancelled


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