Ralph H. Lewis

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History

Ralph Haynes Lewis was born at Daylesford.[1]

Military Experience

Ralph Lewis (5364) was living in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale at the time of his enlistment. At that time he states he was a 22 year old Mining Engineer who enlisted with the Mining & Tunnelling Reinforcements on 6 January 1916. He embarked with the 3rd Tunnelling Company, and was later transferred to the 2nd Tunnelling Company

As the result of a severe gunshot wound to the left leg (thigh, lower back), he returned to Australia in 1918 and was discharged as medically unfit. He was discharged medically unfit in Melbourne on 22 March 1918.[2]

In 1967 Ralph Lewis was living at 32 Donaldson Street, Braddon, Canberra.[3]

Honors and Awards

Ralph Lewis was awarded life membership of the Ainslie club in 1948 and was its patron from 1957. [4]

In 1978 Ralph Lewis was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the church and youth. He was also a life member of the ACT Australian Football League.[5]


Obituary

Mr Ralph Lewis, a Canberra resident since 1932, died on Thursday at Calvary Hospital. He was born in Victoria in January, 1893, but spent his youth in Northern Tasmania and attended Launceston Grammar. It was there that he began his football career in 1903 and he was perhaps best known to Canberrans through at long-standing involvement with the Ainslie Football Club.
In 1916 he was awarded a mining engineer's certificate at the Working Men's College Melbourne [now RMIT] and combined his studies with football, captaining the college's team while training with the Richmond VFL side.
World War I found him serving with the AIF in France with a tunnelling company of the engineers. In late 1917 he was wounded in a leg and returned to Australia and eventually to football as part of the Diggers RSL team in Melbourne.
He developed his interest in young people through football coaching and as a Scout leader in Victoria, activities he continued after moving to Canberra in 1932 as an Inspector of Patents. He retired from the Patents Office in 1958.
Mr Lewis attended the Braddon parish of the Presbyterian Church for two years until 1934 when he transferred to the new St Andrew's Church, where he became an elder. In 1945 he became session clerk at the new St Columba's Church, Braddon, a position he held until it ended with the formation of the Uniting Church in 1977.
He was president of the Ainslie Football Club from 1939 to 1954 and through that period and after to his 88th year he was a keen worker for junior football.
In 1978 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the church and youth. He was awarded life membership of the Ainslie club in 1948 and was its patron from 1957. He was also a life member of the ACT Australian Football League.
Mr Lewis married Mrs Agnes Armstrong, a widow with three children, in 1941. She died in 1977. He is survived by his daughter Edith Buckley, and stepchildren Jean; Philips, Laurie and Arthur Armstrong.[6]

See also

Awards & Honors

Daylesford

References

  1. NAA: B2455, LEWIS RALPH HAYNES.
  2. NAA: B2455, LEWIS RALPH HAYNES.
  3. NAA: B2455, LEWIS RALPH HAYNES.
  4. Canberra Times, 11 January 1982.
  5. Canberra Times, 11 January 1982.
  6. Canberra Times, 11 January 1982.

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