Private Lewis Heath
Picture kindly provided by Peter Heath.
Peter is unsure whether the girl in the picture below is his sister May, or possibly a sweetheart.
The following letter was sent by Lance Corporal Edwin George Pike on 26th August 1917. The letter was to the parents of Private Lewis Heath. The letter was kindly provided by Peter Heath.
Lance Corporal E. G. Pike, B. Company Signals, B.E.F.
August 26th, 1917
Dear Mr & Mrs Heath
It is my very painful duty to inform you that your dear brave son was killed in Action on the morning of the 22nd. I send you my deepest sympathy and may almighty God comfort you in your great loss. I feel his loss greatly, a better lad one couldn’t find. We had reached our objective when he went with an important message to Battalion Head Quarters. I heard afterwards he got there in 10 minutes. Eager to do his duty he returned to come back when he was hit by shell fire. Our Lane Corporal Stretcher Bearer found him and was with him till the end. Before leaving us with the message he was with me It may comfort you to know that he did his duty bravely. I know how you must feel. It was only a few weeks back that a dear brother of mine was killed. He was always a cheerful lad everyone liked him and we feel his loss very much. I again offer you my deepest sympathy. Believe Me.
Edwin George Pike
Name: Lewis Heath
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: New Marston, Oxon
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Name: HEATH, LEWIS
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 201358
Additional information: Son of Oliver Stephen and Hannah Heath, of 33, William St., New Marston, Oxford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL