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The news this week 100 years ago: 21st - 27th September 1918

Thursday 20 September 2018

This week we remember two former pupils.

Lieutenant John Edward Becker, London Div. Signal Coy. Royal Engineers.
Churchill’s, left in 1906.

As a coffee planter he joined the Uganda Defence Force in 1914, but came home to a commission with the Royal Engineers. Serving in Gallipoli, he was evacuated on 20th December 1915, going to Salonika in charge of a wireless station. In 1916 he returned to East Africa, taking part in “that marvellous trek across the wilds of German East Africa, suffering much from hardship, fever and privation”.

He died of illness in Tanzania on 21st September 1918, aged 30.
Buried at Dar Es Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery, Tanzania. Grave VIII. C. 8.


Lieutenant John Dunning Gaunt Lewis, 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

School House and Day Boys, Cricket XI, left in 1911 for a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

Commissioned in 1915, he went to Gallipoli with the North Staffordshires and was evacuated from Suvla Bay or Cape Helles, going then to Mesopotamia. He was severely wounded in the lung during an attempt to relieve Kut. After a period of convalescence, he went back to his own regiment and returned to France in November 1915.

He was killed in action in France on 24th September 1918, aged 26, and is buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, France. Grave V. G. 2. North Staffordshire Regiment.

Vadencourt British Cemetery

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