Cecil Charles LEWIS

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Cecil Charles LEWIS. 2nd Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps died 14th August 1918. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Lewis, of Thistlebrook, Moyhu, Victoria. At rest in Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire.
Some notes from his army records.
He joined up on the 19th April 1916 aged 19 and 6 months., occupation, motor driver. He was posted as Private 5626, to the 22nd Reinforcements, later he was transferred into the 6th Training Squadron A.F.C. Leighterton. On Wednesday the 14th August 1918 he was flying solo in a Sopwith Camel B/7506. At the Court of Enquiry into his death one witness, a Flight Commander in 6th Training Squadron, A.F.C., who said that Lt Lewis was one of his pupils and he took the Sopwith Camel B/7506 into the air without his permission. Other witnesses stated that he was practicing nose dives over the hangers at Leighterton. On his third dive from 800 feet the plane whilst being flattened out struck the ground, nose on. He was recovered from the wreckage alive and was be tended by Captain, E Thomson, Station Medical Officer of No1, Two Squadron Station, A.F.C. at the scene. It was found that he had sustained a fractured skull. He was taken to A.F.C (Cottage Hospital) Tetbury accompanied by Captain Thomson. He died on his way to the hospital.

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