LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Edward Louis LEWIS

Service No: 31351
Born: Crewe, England, 30 September 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 July 1941 (at Hobart TAS)
Unit: No. 29 Radar Station, Port Moresby PNG
Died: Electrocuted, Port Moresby, 1 January 1943, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank and Hilda Ethel Lewis, of Bellerive, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Bellerive TAS
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 1 January 1943, Leading Aircraftman Lewis, a Guard, was electrocuted when he was trying to repair a cable supplying electricity for lighting the No. 29 Radar Station camp quarters. The cable had become detached from a supporting insulator.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/24/5