Lewis Mellor (c.1890-1917)

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Lewis Mellor

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

MELLOR, LEWIS. Private. No DM2/171315. Army Service Corps, (Motor Transport), attached 206th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born Linthwaite. Lived Hazlegrove, Lowerhouses, Linthwaite. Attended Linthwaite Parish Church. Employed as a weaver by Messrs Crowther Brothers, Stanley Mills, Milnsbridge. Was a keen cricketer, having played cricket for both the Broad Oak Cricket Club and Linthwaite Cricket Club. For four seasons he was the Saturday professional for Birstall Cricket Club. Enlisted 3.5.1916.
"He suffered severe burns on the night of 21.8.1917 as the result of an accidental explosion of a petrol tank of a motor lorry. The accident took place when Mellor and his mate were preparing to retire for the night. It was their custom to sleep on the lorry and were undressing when the tank exploded. They were immediately enveloped in flames and Mellor was severely burned on the arms, legs and one side. He was admitted to hospital at Boulogne but died two days later from shock."
Buried WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row R, Grave 5.
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial.

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