Corby Borough Council is continuing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of local WWI soldiers who bravely fought and died for our country. The Council will be marking the life of George Lewin as part of these commemorations on Saturday 9th December 2017.
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 30th May 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 9th December 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 all local WWI soldiers can be found on Corby Borough Council’s website, www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/first-world-war-centenary-1914-1918.