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05 Apr 1890
Sandiacre Derbyshire
He was the son of John Frederick Lewin and Ann (Annie) Lewin nee Doncaster. He was born in April 1890 and christened in the parish church on 18 May the same year. Both his parents were born in Sandiacre. His father was born in 1855, the son of Thomas and Sarah Lewin, and he was baptised in Sandiacre on 29 November 1857. Ann was born about 1851. They were married in 1880 (J/F/M) and according to the 1911 census they had had seven children of whom six were still living at the time of the census. Seven children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911; Alice (b. 29 January 1882), Ellen (b. 1883, christened 19 October 1883), Jessie (b. 1884, christened 19 October 1884), Thomas Doncaster (b. 1 June 1886, christened 8 August 1886), Lizzie May (May) (b. 1888, christened 17 June 1888), Frederick John (b. 5 April 1890, christened 18 May 1890) and Ernest (b. 1893, christened 18 June 1893). All the children were born in Sandiacre and christened in the parish church. Ellen, their second child, died at the age of 9 in 1893 and was buried in St Helen's churchyard, Sandiacre, on 13 April 1893. In 1881, a year after their marriage, John, a railway fireman, and Ann were living in the area known as The Lock, Sandiacre, and were still living there ten years later in 1891. By now John (35) was a railway engine driver. He and Annie (40) had six children; Alice (9), Ellen (7), Jessie (6), Thomas (4), Lizzie (2) and Frederick (1). Sadly, Ellen, their second child, died two years later when she was nine years old and was buried in St Helen's churchyard, Sandiacre, on 13 April 1893. In 1901 the family's address was given on the census as 8 The Lock. Six children were in the home on the night of the census; Alice (18) a dressmaker, Jessie (16) a board school teacher, Thomas (14), May/Lizzie May (12), Frederick (10) and Ernest (7). Jessie was 19 when she married Samuel Henry Fearfield on 2 August 1904 and by 1911 they were living at Fearfield Villas, Stapleford, Nottingham. Samuel, a lace maker, and Jessie had two daughters, Mabel (b. 10 July 1905), Edith Alice (b. May 1908). They later had a son, Frederick William (9 March 1915). Alice, the eldest of John and Annie's children, married Wilfred Richard Daniel Payton on 15 December 1908 and in 1911 they were living with their one-year old daughter, Marjorie, at 96 Denison Street, Beeston, Nottingham. By 1911 John and Annie were living at 8 Brook Street, Sandiacre, with just four of their children still at home; Tom (24) a turner with the Premier Gas Co., Frederick (20) a twist hand with DH&DH Clark, May (22) a machinist for John Perry, Nottingham, and Ernest (17) a fitters' apprentice with the Premier Gas Co. Frederick's mother, Ann, died in 1913 age 62. At the time of Frederick's death in 1917 his father's address was Fearfield Villas, Derby Road, Stapleford. His father, John, died in 1919 age 63. Of Frederick's siblings Ernest died in 1922 (Basford registration district) aged 28, Alice Payton died in 1965 (Basford registration district) aged 83, Jessie Fearfield died in 1964 (Wakefield registration district) aged 80 and Thomas died in 1974 (Ilkeston registration district) aged 88. No trace has been found of Lizzie May (May) after the 1911 Census. Frederick's brother in law, Samuel Fearfield, his sister Jessie's husband, attested on 10 December 1915 (221802 Royal Engineers) and was transferred to the Army Reserve on 11 December. He was mobilized on 6 January 1917 and served at home until 24 April 1918 when he was discharged from the Army, 'no longer physically fit for war service'.
In 1911 he was a twist hand at DH&CH Clark. He gave his trade as lace hand when he joined the Royal Navy.
06 Oct 1917
3041217 - CWGC Website
Stoker 1st Class
HMS Begonia Royal Navy
Formerly RND, Bristol Z4680, Frederick joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class on 25 April 1916 ('Hostilities Only'). He served aboard HMS Victory between 25/4/1916 and 30/4/1917 and was promoted Stoker 1st Class on 10 June 1916. He was drafted to HMS Begonia on 1 May 1917. He was 'lost when HMS Begonia was sunk' (Register of Seamen's Services). Lewin was one of 94 men killed during this action. Lewin's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. According to Wikipedia 'HMS Begonia was an Azalea-class sloop launched in 1915, converted to a Q-ship and sunk in a collision with a German submarine off Casablanca in 1917.' However, according to Brian, a contributor to warships.com, 'HMS Begonia was a regular warship, not a conversion. She was one of the "Flower-Q", sloops designed to foster the appearance of a freighter (like the French Amiens class of WWI). Officially she sank due to an explosion of undetermined origin with no survivors while cruising off Casablanca. That night, U 151 was cruising in the area, her lookouts reported seeing a "destroyer" charging her and Captain dived, but the boat was still only at periscope depth when an impact was felt. This was followed by a heavy explosion and on surfacing it was found that there was considerable damage to deck casing abaft the CT. U 151 was able to continue on patrol. It is believed the collision ripped the bottom off Begonia and either a boiler explosion or friction which caused the explosion of ammunition in the magazine may have caused her immediate sinking. It is also likely some DCs exploded and killed any swimmers in the area. Of course all the above is speculative, unless the wreck is located we will never know for sure but that's as close to an explanation as we can come to for the time being.'
Additional Research by David Nunn
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