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Levi Fewkes was born in 1891 at Basford and was the son of John a farm labourer and Mary Fewkes née Hardstaff of 72 Mosley Street, Old Basford, Nottingham. His father John was born in 1861 at Whitwick, Leicestershire, his mother Mary Hardstaff was born in 1862 at Nottingham, they were married on 29th November 1885 at St Leodegarius Church, Basford, they went on to have the following children, Edward b1886, Albert b1886, Ethel b1888 Ellen b1890, Levi b1891, Charles Clifford b1893, Lois b1897 and Doris b1900. In the 1911 census the family are living at 72 Moseley Street, New Basford, Nottingham and are shown as John 50 yrs a farm hand, he is living with his wife Mary 49 yrs and their children, Levi 20 yrs a lace carriage hand, Charles 18 yrs a lace carriage hand, Lois 14 yrs a cotton winder and Doris 11 yrs a scholar. Levi Fewkes married his wife Sarah Lilian White (born 18th February 1890) in 1913 at Nottingham, they lived at 1 Bell Terrace, Cheltenham Street, Old Basford, Nottingham they had a daughter Constance born 7th June 1915. Following his death his widow Sarah was awarded a pension of 36 shillings and 8 pence which commenced on 27th May 19120
28 Feb 1920
Labour Corps
Private Levi Fewkes attested on 9th December 1915 at Nottingham, he gave his age as 25 yrs and 6 months his address was 1 Bell Terrace, Cheltenham Street, Old Basford, he was a dyers labourer and his next of kin was his wife Sarah Lilian of the same address. He was posted to the reserves and mobilised for war on 28th February 1917, he was posted to the Durham Light Infantry on 2nd March 1917 and served on the home front until 19th March 1917 when he landed in France. On 15th May 1917 he was transferred to the 39th Company Labourer Corps and on 13th August 1917 was returned to England and treated at the 21st Southern General Hospital. On 31st August 1918 his was discharged from the Army being no longer fit for service due to illness. He was awarded a Silver War Badge No 322820. He died on 28th February 1920 and is buried in the Northern Cemetery, Nottingham.
Levi Fewkes is not recorded on the CWGC His brother Private Charles Fewkes, served with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment, was killed in action on 9th August 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
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