James Christopher Francis Lewis

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Lieutenant James Christopher Francis Lewis, R.N. (23 December, 1890 – 26 April, 1918) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Colonel B. G. Lewis entered the Navy as it was transitioning to the new training scheme for cadets and was sent directly to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as part of the September 1905 intake term.

Lewis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1911. He was awarded a half-part of the Ronald Megaw Memorial Prize for 1911-12. He would also win the Commander Egerton Prize for 1914.

Lewis was appointed as gunnery officer in Brilliant on 22 October, 1914 and was slightly wounded in action on 31 October. On 1 December, he was made first and gunnery officer. He left the ship on 16 August, 1915 when he was appointed to Excellent for gunnery duties.

In 1916, Lewis was appointed to Castor and for duty with Commodore (F) James Rose Price Hawksley, who judged him as a cool player who was above average as a gunnery officer. On 26 April, 1918, a telegram from Hawksley reported that Lewis had been missing since 4.15 that morning, and that he was presumed lost overboard and drowned. Lewis was never found.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Captain of H.M. T.B. 24
29 Jul, 1914[1] – 22 Oct, 1914
Succeeded by
Hugh B. Wrey


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 400.