Lewis, Hugh (Son or Sonnie) (736)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 26 years 3 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 14 September 1914 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 736            view online service record

254 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
R Lewis (mother)
254 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 1914
Ship: HMAT Ulysses A38
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion

KIA: Monday, 7 August 1916
Place: France

Brother: Percy William Lewis

Sergeant, 14 Infantry, killed in action 7 August, 1916, France, aged 34, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: Hugh (late) and Rebecca LEWIS, brother, 1166, Percy William LEWIS killed in action 11 April, 1917. Born Northcote (circular, Attestation shows Port Melbourne), educated Nott Street SS. Enlisted as a 26-year-old packer showing mother as next of kin at 254 Bay Street. An In Memoriam notice in the Port Melbourne Standard 11 August, 1917, a year after his death was placed by the family of Alexander NUTTALL under the heading of LEWIS-WATT and suggested he was known as “Son”, common at the time when the father’s given name was carried down.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

1917 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 11 August, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88366489


  1. Brian Membrey says

    He and Percy were actually half-brothers, he was born Hugh WATT, but used his widowed mother’s name after she re-married William LEWIS in 1898. There were six or seven Death Notices placed, all under LEWIS (WATT) and suggested he was known as “Son”. There was no mention of William LEWIS in any of the Notices, suggested he may have passed away in the intervening years

    LEWIS (Watt) – Killed in action in France of the 7th August, my dearly beloved fiance, sergeant Hugh Lewis (Son), dearly beloved eldest son of the late Hugh Watt and Mrs R Lewis of Port Melbourne, aged 28 years 4 months
    Inserted by Winnie Esler, Clarendon-street, South Melbourne

    LEWIS (WATT) – Killed in action of the 7th August in France, Sergeaant Hugh (Son), beloved eldest son of the late Hugh Watt and Mrs Lewis, beloved brother of Mrs Bingham, Brighton; George (returned), Charley Watt, also beloved brother of Percy (wounded), Robert and Fred Lewis, aged 28 years 4 months
    Inserted by his sorrowing mother and family, 254 Bay-street, Port Melbourne.

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