Millward, Lewis

Lewis Millward, Private M2/204315, Army Service Corps, attd. 24th Heavy Artillery Group
Accidentally killed 17th February 1918 in Italy, aged 28

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of James and Rebecca Millward, of Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

WW1 SERVICE

News of the death of Lewis Millward was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 1 March 1918:

KILLED IN ITALY

Mrs Millward, 5 Old Mill Lane, Macclesfield, has received news that her husband, Dispatch Rider Lew Millward, Heavy Artillery Group, was accidentally killed whilst carrying a dispatch in Italy on February 17th…

 

More information about the circumstances of his death was printed in the Macclesfield Times three weeks later, on 22 March 1918:

DESPATCH RIDER’S TERRIBLE FATE – MACCLESFIELD SOLDIER RUN OVER

Mrs Millward, 5 Old Mill Lane, Macclesfield, has received official confirmation of the news that her husband, Despatch Rider Lewis Millward, Heavy Artillery Group, was accidentally killed in Italy on February 17th. A letter from the Major states: “Your husband was carrying a despatch when he was run into by a lorry, which smashed his cycle to bits and ran over him… your husband was a splendid fellow, always cheerful and ready to turn out at any time of the day or night…” Lieut. F Allen Hughes and a Macclesfield soldier named A Brees, who formerly carried on a business as a jeweller in Sunderland Street, have also written sympathetic letters to Mrs Millward.

Despatch Rider Millward was twenty-eight years of age, and was formerly in business as a boot repairer. He enlisted on March 16th 1916 and was drafted out to Italy about three months ago. He leaves one child.

 

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Lewis Millward is buried in Grave Ref. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 3. in the Giavera British Cemetery, Italy. His widow asked for the inscription “GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN R.I.P.” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Lewis Millward, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Lewis Millward is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, St George’s Church and St Alban’s Church war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving memory of Lewis Millward.”

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

Macclesfield Times: 1 and 22 March 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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