Lieutenant Owen Gower Lewis

Lieutenant Owen Gowar Lewis

Lieutenant Owen Gower Lewis (OW1909) was one of four brothers at the front. He was attached to the Australian Flying Corps, and was killed in action whilst flying in France. He was Dux of Wesley at the age of 17.

He was twice wounded, the second time severely, receiving nearly thirty wounds, in an encounter with three German planes, but returned to the front some months since.

First year at Wesley 1909
Personal information The 1913 Walter Powell Scholar. One of four brothers at Wesley
Date enlisted 3/01/1916
Unit enlisted 10th Field Company Engineers - Service Number 10181
Service details Transferred to Australian Flying Corp 20/4/17. Wounded twice. Fire in the Sky by Michael Molkentin has several references. Wounded three times. Observer in plane (RE8) killed on crash following takeoff at 11.00am on a photographic mission. Pilot also killed. His brother Lt Athol Hugh Lewis, 3rd Division Artillery, also served in WWI and returned to Australia on 16 March 1919
Date of death 12/04/1918 - 21 years of age
Unit details Australian Flying Corps, 3rd Squadron
Cemetery/Memorial place Vignacourt British Cemetery - Plot 1 Row A Grave 21
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