Etc. -- Lewis A. Lockman Killed in Action, 1915
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The following is lightly edited from a page 2 article in the 
1 Jul 1915 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

A Norfolk Boy Buried in France

The following letter has been received from France by Mrs. E. I. Bartlett, Courtland, informing her of the 
death of her brother, Corp. Lewis A. Lockman, in action, which occurred on May 24.

He was well known in this vicinity and had spent the last two years in the North-west previous to his enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Moose Jaw in August, 1914.

He left England for France about February 10, and had been in the war ever since, on some occasions being in trenches twenty-one days at a stretch.

Mrs. Wm. Townsend of Hemlock, his other sister, sent him several parcels from home some time ago, and later received word thanking her for the treat.

1st Canadian Contingent,
5th Batt., May 26.

To Emma Bartlett,
Dear Madam -- I have written many letters in my time but never before under such regrettable circumstances as I am obliged to relate to you. I hope you have received some intimation before this of the death of Corp. L. A. Lockman.

I was with him at the time he was killed. We were in a bayonet charge together and got over to the German trench. The cowards had beat it and Lew and I went clear over the trench and lay behind a pile of sandbags. 

We had not been there half a minute when poor Lew was hit in the head by a bullet and killed instantly. He never spoke or even moved. 

All this took place between 2:45 and 3 o'clock in the morning of May 24. I was obliged to lie by Lew all day until dark, when he was buried. I am feeling pretty bad about losing such a fine chum.

During the charge we had to go over the trench the Strathconas were in, and then over several ditches. 
We chipped each other about jumping these, and although there were bridges we jumped each trench until we came to the last one. We went at it together, but being a little out of breath we both dropped short. 
I gave him a lift to get out and he pulled me out. 
Two minutes after I had lost my pal. I can't find the words to express my feelings about it.

I have some photos belonging to him, his watch and some money. I am enclosing pictures in this letter, and I will send the watch and money shortly.

Finally, I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to you all, and if at any time you would like to know more about Lew, I will be glad to answer you concerning him. Trusting to have a line from you, I beg to remain, dear madam,

Yours truly,
Jack Britton.

Also see Lewis' Attestation paper: side 1 | side 2

Image from microfilm

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