Edward W Neville LEWIS
Rank: Private
Number: 2368
Unit: 1/5th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: (officially recorded as) 27 May 1915
Age: 22
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Neville was Welsh. He had been born in Hawarden and his parents, Edward and Elizabeth, lived at "Strathmore", St George's Road in Abergele. When the 1901 Census was taken, they were living with Elizabeth's father, John Hughes, who was an innkeeper in the town. The Census also shows he had an older sister, Dorothy, and two younger siblings, Henry and Alice.

Neville moved to the Stockport area and worked locally as foreman for the confectionery firm of Thomas W Blackshaw & Sons Ltd, 11 Bridge Street, Stockport. He lived at Wellington Road. When War was declared in August 1914, he and his three best friends all joined up together, travelling to Wigan to do so. Joseph Fox would be killed with Neville. Arthur Heywood would be killed a few days later. Only Charles Worsnip would survive. An account of their early months of army service can be found here.

The Battalion assembled, on 7 May, with the other units of the Manchester Brigade at Gallipoli. Over the next few days, Neville and his mates worked to improve their reserve trenches. On the 11th, they moved forward to support trenches, just behind the front line. Over the coming days, it was relatively quiet. Men were wounded by sniper fire on a regular basis but only three men were killed in this period.

On 25 May, the Battalion took over a section of the front line. Although Neville's death is officially recorded as being on the 27th, an examination of the Battalion's War Diary, written up on a daily basis, makes no mention of any men being killed and describes this as being a "quiet day".

The next day, however, there was heavy enfilade fire from the flanks and 12 men were killed and another 13 wounded. This is, almost without doubt, when Neville was actually killed.

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