100th anniversary of death of local soldier commemorated in Corby
Corby Council is continuing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One soldiers who fought and died for this country.
The council will be marking the life of George Lewin as part of these commemorations today (Saturday).
George Lewin was born in Middleton in 1889.
His father was Frederick Herbert Lewin, originally from Seaton in Rutland and his mother was Harriet Lewin (nee Groocock) from Middleton.
George married Catherine Jane Dye in 1910 at Easton-on-the-Hill and the couple were living in Middleton with Harriet in 1911.
George Lewin enlisted and served as a Private (16684) in ‘D’ Company of the 5th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers), Northamptonshire Regiment which become a Pioneer Battalion of the 12th Division in January 1915.
On May 30, 1915, the battalion mobilised and landed in France.
The battalion was to serve on the Western Front for the duration of the war.
It is recorded that Private George Lewin was in the battalion when they landed in France in May 1915.
Private George Lewin died of wounds on December 9, 1917.
George may have been wounded during the battalion’s participation in the Cambrai Offensive of late November 1917.
His service records have not survived.
Private George Lewin is buried in the Tincourt New British Cemetery in the Somme locality of France.
He is commemorated on the Cottingham/Middleton War Memorial and the Easton-on-the-Hill War Memorial.
Further information on all local World War One soldiers can be found on Corby Council’s website at www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/first-world-war-centenary-1914-1918.