Lewis, Second Lieutenant Cecil Charles

No 6 Training Sqn AFC

Cecil Lewis came from Mansfield, Victoria, and was living in Moyhu when, aged 19 and a Motor Driver, he joined the 22nd Infantry Battalion in Melbourne on 19 April 1916. He departed Melbourne on HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September. After arrival in England he was trained in wireless usage before going to France in April 1917. In December he applied for transfer to the AFC to undergo pilot training. After graduation as a pilot, he was transferred to No 6 Training Sqn for further training and familiarisation with the SE 5a.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Minchinhampton on 14 August 1918 while flying Sopwith Pup B7506. He took up the aeroplane without authorisation and twice dived to fly low over the squadron hangars before pulling out at low level. On a third pass the aircraft came of the dive badly, with insufficient space to recover, and crashed. 2Lt Lewis died after admission to Tetbury hospital.

2Lt C C Lewis is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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