25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment

 Woolf LEWIS


Our late comrade Pte. W. Lewis joined the 10th Londons in July 1916, and came out in the draft which joined the Battalion at Burhan. He was always a good soldier and well liked by those who knew him, both in barracks and in Waziristan in which campaign he served, being sent "up the line" with the second draft from Jullundur.
He leaves behind a wife and three young children, the eldest a girl nine years old, and his two brothers serving in France, to all whom our sincerest sympathy is extended.
He was 32 years of age.

[The Londoner magazine, Feb 1919 - V.III, No.2 pg.53.]

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19

Woolf, Lewis, resident Bethnal Green, enlisted London, 742053, Cyc., died in India, 21 Oct 1918.

['Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19', Vol. 10, Part 76, Page 207, 25th (County of London) Battalion (Cyclists), pub. 1921 by His Majesty's Stationary Office]

Pte. Lewis - funeral procession.

In Memory of

Private W LEWIS

742053, 1st/25th Bn., London Regiment (Cyclists)

who died on 21 October 1918

Remembered with honour  KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL. Face 10

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Kirkee Memorial commemorates more than 1,800 servicemen who died in India during the First World War, who are buried in civil and cantonment cemeteries in India and Pakistan* where their graves can no longer be properly maintained. This total includes the names of 629 servicemen whose remains were brought from Bombay (Sewri) Cemetery for re-interment here in 1960.

Kirkee, also known as Khadki, is a Military Cantonment adjoining the large university town of Poona on the Plateau above Bombay . It can be reached by train from Bombay to Poona or by long distance taxi service from Dada Taxi Stand, Bombay . There are direct flights from Bombay , Madras and Delhi but these tend to be irregular. Taxis and Motor Rickshaws are available from Poona Railway Station. To reach Kirkee War Cemetery , in which the memorial stands, one must ask for Mula Road along which the cemetery is located. One way is to cross the Sangam Bridge and follow the road which has the River Mula on its right. The CWGC road direction board is on a crossroads with the Bombay Poona Road . The cemetery is situated on the right hand side and backs onto the river. From the railway station follow the way via Juna Bazar, Sangam Bridge , past the Engineering college, over Wakdewadi Bridge , past Bajaj Kamal Nayan Udyan and onto Bhayawadi and Mula Roads. From the airport, one reaches Ahmadnagar Road which joins onto Nagar Road followed by Deccan College Road ; over the Holkar Bridge and, keeping left at the junction with Elphinson road, one enters Mula Road . The cemetery is a short distance away on the left hand side of the road. The Commonwealth War Graves road direction sign is situated at the junctions of  Elphinson Road and Mula Road , but it should be noted that this is often hidden from view by Market Stalls.

[Courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission]


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