Lewis Millward

LEWIS MILLWARD (1889 - 1918)

Born in Macclesfield, during July 1889, Lewis - wrongly listed as 'Louis' on our memorial - was the youngest of James and Rebecca's six children. It is possible that Lewis' mother died in childbirth since her death occurred in the same month and year as Lewis was born. We do not have any information on Lewis' early life beyond that he baptised at St Alban's on 17th February 1891.

Boot repairer Lewis married, twenty three year old, Edith McDonald in 1909 when he was twenty years old. The 1911 Census shows that, two years later, Lewis was working, at their home at 5 Old Mill Lane, making boots and Edith was a shirt maker. They went on to have one child.

Lewis attested on 21st March 1916 and went on to serve with the 24th Heavy Artillery Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was only there for a couple months before he was attached to the Royal Army Service Corps on 15th May. The Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), responsible for keeping the British Army supplied with provisions, was divided into two branches; Transport and Supply. The prefix of Lewis' RASC number (M2/204315) tells us he was assigned to mechanical transport. Lewis' role was as a dispatch rider, travelling on bicycles or motorcycles with messages between headquarters and battalions fighting at the Front. It was an essential but dangerous posting.

On 17th February 1918, three months after arriving in Italy, twenty eight year old Lewis "died of accidental injuries", when carrying a dispatch. On 22nd March, The Macclesfield Times reported that Edith had received a letter from a major:

"Your husband was carrying a dispatch when he was run into by a lorry, which smashed his cycle to buts and ran over him...your husband was a splendid fellow, always cheerful and ready to turn out at any time day or night."

Edith also received letters of sympathy from two of her husband's comrades, A. Breas (who had worked as a jeweller on Sunderland Street) and Lieut. F. Allen Hughes.

Lewis is buried in the Giavera British Cemetery, in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. His widow, Edith, then living at 15 Duke Street, chose the inscription under the cross on his headstone to read:

"Gone but not forgotten
RIP"

Interestingly, when the War Memorial on Park Green was unveiled on 01/09/1921 and floral tribute with the words "In Loving Memory of Lewis Millward" was laid.


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