Veteran Stories:
Charles Lewis Whiteley

Army

  • Charles Whiteley, who went by his middle name, Lewis, before he left for overseas service in 1915. Lewis Whiteley was killed in action on June 13, 1916. Collection courtesy of J.D. Whiteley.

    Charles Whiteley, who went by his middle name, Lewis, before he left for overseas service in 1915. Lewis Whiteley was killed in action on June 13, 1916. Collection courtesy of J.D. Whiteley.
  • Lewis Whiteley and a friend from home in 1915.

    Lewis Whiteley and a friend from home in 1915.
  • Lewis (left) and his brother Joseph Forrest Whiteley. Joseph also enlisted in Army but returned home after the war.

    Lewis (left) and his brother Joseph Forrest Whiteley. Joseph also enlisted in Army but returned home after the war.
  • Lewis Whiteley was 24 years old went he left for overseas to serve with the 13th Battalion.

    Lewis Whiteley was 24 years old went he left for overseas to serve with the 13th Battalion.
  • Soldiers enjoying the canteen that offerred a bar and billiards.

    Soldiers enjoying the canteen that offerred a bar and billiards.
  • Letter of thanks from King George V in recognition of Lewis' enlistment in military service.

    Letter of thanks from King George V in recognition of Lewis' enlistment in military service.
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My uncle Lewis was officially Charles Lewis, and he was born in July of 1890. He died on June 13th, 1916 at Sanctuary Wood. He signed up first and went overseas, and was in the 1st Brigade. He died in the summer of 1917.

When we went camping as kids we took his old footlocker, and you could still see the different colour in the paint where he had had his name and number on it, nailed on with metal tags. The thing that my grandfather always was grateful for was that my grandmother died in April of 1917, and he wrote a letter to uncle Lewis in Europe. When he got all of Lewis' goods back, there was the letter from grandpa to uncle Lewis and it wasn't opened, so grandpa always felt that it was better that both his wife and his son died not knowing the other had.

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