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Alexander Jack Lewis

Group of 4 soldiers and boy sitting in front of tent with sign "Cairo City Police. Canteen for Allied troops only", Jack Lewis (centre back) taken in September 1943 at Mena. - This image may be subject to copyright

Group of 4 soldiers and boy sitting in front of tent with sign "Cairo City Police. Canteen for Allie …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Lewis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    483047 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 February 1908 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 62 Franklin Road, Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.M. Lewis (wife), 62 Franklin Road, Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 August 1943 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    483047 AWMM
  • Military service
    Army Reserve AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Auckland, Papakura, Trentham - Officer Training AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Accountant/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alexander Lewis was the son of Alexander Dick Lewis and Margaret Agnes Lewis of Auckland. He was the husband of Eileen Mary Lewis of Ponsonby, Auckland.

    He attended Auckland Grammar School.

    His daughter Fay was13 years old, and his daughter Jean 9 years old when Jack Lewis was killed.

    Served in D Company of 24 Infantry Battalion.

    In February 1944 New Zealand forces, including 6 Field Regiment, were engaged in the attack on Cassino, Italy. Maps on pages 552 and 566 of W.E. Murphy's bookare useful in explaining the positions of the troops. Operation Dickens, in which Hector Brown died, began on the morning of 15 March with a tremendous bombing of Cassino. The violence of the bombardment was frightening even from a safe distance and as events were soon to prove, it was too much and the damage it did was more hindrance than help to the 6 Brigade infantry fighting their arduous way through the ruins (p. 568). Over the next ten days the fighting continued.Facing strong opposition, including paragroops with anti-tank support, the New Zealand forces picked their way towards the railway station.Smoke canisters were fired to screen the activity from the enemy.Before the battle for Cassino ended 6 Field spent 74 days fighting in cold and mud. The regularity of the smoke fire gave the enemy useful information on their positions. Accurate enemy fire on the New Zealand gun areas had the most severe effect on 6 Field which lost Bombardier Rashleigh on 22 March, Lance-Bombardier Tullock on 24 March and Bombardier Brown on 25 March.In the following days, in a fierce onslaught by enemy guns, three more men died.Other units also suffered casualties. Altogether Artillery casualties in the battle for Cassino were: 34 Killed, 132 Wounded, 2 Prisoners of War, 6 Field spent 74 days. What was to be the greatest artillery battle of the war as far as the New Zealand gunners were concerned, continued into April.6 Field spent another two weeks behind Trocchio and then withdrew to Isernia, higher up the Volturno valley than Venafro, where 4 Field were.There beside a river they had a short rest before moving on to the next battle, Sora-Balsorano. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    CassinoItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM X. K. 15. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
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    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 Unknown page AWMM
    • Lewis, Alexander Jack. Papers relating to war service, 1915-1956. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2002/146. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      An article about the war commemorations in Cassino, 28 May 2004. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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