The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

John James Lewis

John James Lewis served in the Welch Regiment and was killed during the Battle for Crete in May 1941.

The information on John James Lewis has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the South Wales Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameJohn James Lewis
Date of Deathbetween 27th-28th May 1941
Place of DeathCanes, Crete
Age at Death24
Unit and RegimentWelch Regiment; 1st Bn.
Service Number3967429
Remembrance Grave  Bethania Calvinistic Methodist Chapelyard, Lower Cwmtrwch.  
In Loving Memory of our dear sons
Decimus Lewis Died 27th Dec 1920 2y 3m
Kenneth Jonathan Died 3rd Apr 1929 10m
William Died in infancy
Also John James LEWIS Killed in Action 1941
Local Memorials Ystradgynlais War Memorial
Gurnos Chapel War Memorial, Ystalyfera; Plaque and Clock
Memorial Window & Brass Plaque St Cynog's Church, Ystradgynlais, given by Ystradgynlais branch of the British Legion
Personal InformationBorn 28th August 1916
Son of Jonathan LEWIS (Born 29th March 1884) Railway Engine Driver and Annie Lewis (Born 11th September 1889) of 2 Tudor Street Ystradgynlais
Prior to the war working in Tin Plate Works
SistersEurwen LEWIS (Born 9th March 1913) Music Teacher
Ethel A LEWIS (Born 26th January 1915)
Nancy W LEWIS (Born 5th February 1923)

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 7th August 1944 :-

Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis of 2, Tudor Street, Glanrhyd, have now been officially informed by the War Office that their son, Private John J. Lewis of the Welch Regiment, who was posted missing in the battle of Crete, May 1941, was killed in action at Canes and was buried there May 27th, 1941.
Previous to being called to the Forces he was employed in the tin house department at the Phoenix tin plate works, Lower Cwmtwrch. He was greatly interested in fly-fishing and was a member of the Tawe Angling Association.

This article from the 26th May 1941 gives an impression of the fighting going on in Crete that claimed the life of John James Lewis - Big Battle in Crete (26th May 1941)


The Lewis grave in Bethania Chapelyard, Ystradgynlais

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