LEWIS, John Norton
(Service number 6/3976)

First Rank Quartermaster Sergeant Last Rank


Date 29 October 1892 Place of Birth Wales

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 33 Wilson Street, Timaru
Occupation Grocer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs E. SUMPTER (mother), 33 Wilson Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 20 September 1966 Age 73 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Purewa Crematorium; ashes interred Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference Ash Vault
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Norton Lewis was born on 29 October 1892 at Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales, the son of John Humphrey and Ellen Elizabeth Lewis. In 1901 he was at home at Towyn, with his widowed mother, a lodging house keeper, and his older brother, David Llewellyn Lewis. John Humphrey Lewis had died at Towyn on 12 November 1895, when David and John were very young. It is likely that Ellen Elizabeth Lewis, with her two sons, had come to New Zealand by 1911. In 1914 she married Francis Sumpter, and she was next-of-kin for John (not a sister). John was living at home in Timaru, a grocer with CFCA, and was among the recruits passed by the medical men in Timaru in mid July 1915. He married Lucy Gwendoline Price in 1920. He died on 20 September 1966 at Auckland, aged 73 years. After cremation at Purewa, his ashes were interred in Waikumete Cemetery. Ellen Elizabeth Sumpter died in 1942, and was buried at Timaru, Francis with her. David Llewellyn Lewis, an army officer, died in 1959.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 July 2002]; Timaru Herald, 14 July 1915 (Papers Past) [19 July 2020]; 1901 Wales census ( [22 July 2020]; Cemetery records [22 July 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [22 July 2020]

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