|Date of birth:||1891|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Service No.:||207292 (Ws) and 1685 (Hs)|
|Regiment / Division:||Worcestershire, preceded by Hampshire|
|Died:||5th or 10th May 1918 aged 26 or 27 years|
|Death location:||Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ypres (Plot II. M.3.)|
Life before the War
William was the third of 3 siblings born to Charles Edward and Susanna Lewington, nee Athey.
Charles was born in Southampton in 1858, Susanna was born 21st February 1853, in Doncaster. They married on 24th March 1883 in Southampton. By the 1901 census they were living at 19 Bath Street, close to the Inner Avenue in Southampton.
Their first child was born in 1884, a son, Edward Michael. Unfortunately he died at the age of 5 years in 1889. Frederick John was born in mid 1888 in Southampton and William followed in 1891.
By the 1911 census, the family had relocated from No.19 to No. 21 Bath Street. Interestingly, William is noted on the census form as an Apprentice Compositor & Linotype Operator in the newspaper industry.
William initially enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment in Southampton (service number 1685) but there are no records of him overseas in that regiment although he is listed as a Corporal on the Medal Rolls Index Card. All other military records show him as a member of the Worcestershire Regiment 10th Battalion.
The 10th Battalion departed for Boulogne in mid July 1915 and moved to forward trenches in late August. Based around the town of Albert the units were lucky enough to see very little heavy fighting for nigh on 2 years.
By August 1917, William’s battalion had been moved to Flanders and the fighting around the Menin Road ridge.
William was obviously granted leave around this time because he married Dorothy Loades in late 1917 in Southampton, at St. Paul’s Church.
Dorothy was a local lass (born 21st August 1895), although both her father, mother and eldest sibling were originally from Devon. She was one of 12 siblings, four of whom died in infancy. The 1911 census shows the family living in Woolston with Dorothy’s occupation given as a Dressmaker, at the tender age of 15!
William returned to his unit straight away to find himself embroiled in the Battle of Messines in Flanders. It was during this battle that William was killed, either on the 5th or 10th May 1918 (the Graves Registration Report states that he died on the 5th).
William was buried in the local Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery which holds a further 572 souls, of which 566 are identified.
William is related to three other Lewingtons named on the Cenotaph and Memorial Wall and also memorialised at Southampton Old Cemetery – Alfred Victor and his brother Bertram George were his cousins, whilst Neville Frank was his second cousin – they all shared a great-grandfather. Please select the names of Alfred, Bertram and William to read their stories.
It can be assumed that Dorothy had established a marital home whilst William was overseas because her address is given as 10 Northam Road on one of the official Army forms.
Records show that Dorothy eventually remarried in 1921 to Ernest Crumley. Ernest (born 1892) was one of 8 siblings born to William and Kate in Newport I.o.W.
Dorothy lived her whole life in Southampton and died during the summer of 1974, aged 79 years.
|Published.:||29th September 2014|
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