Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class 

Victor Vivian 


Royal Navy

Died On:
23 May 1916


Victor Lewis was born at Portsmouth on 22 July 1891, the youngest of five children of Benjamin John Lewis, a Royal Navy Engineer, and his wife Sarah (née Olding). Their father died two years after Victor was born.

He joined HMS FISGARD, then at Portsmouth, as a Royal Navy Boy Artificer on 14 August 1907. Rated as Engine Room Artificer 5th class on completion of training, he joined the armoured cruiser HMS ACHILLES in August 1911 and was confirmed as ERA 4th class in May 1913.

He joined HMS DOLPHIN on 1 July 1913, transferring to the submarine depot ship MAIDSTONE, home of the Eighth Submarine Flotilla at Harwich in October 1914, then to ADAMANT, the other depot ship for the Flotilla at the end of October, and back to MAIDSTONE in April 1915.  His record show he was then drafted to HMS DOLPHIN on 21 April 1915, promoted to ERA 3rd Class in May, and then for duty in the newly commissioned Canadian-built submarine HMS H6 from 1 July.  He transferred with H6 to the depot ship HMS ALECTO, also part of the Eighth Flotilla, in October 1915, but then returned to DOLPHIN at the end of the month.  On  23 January 1916, his record shows him ‘discharged to Sick Quarters’.  He died at the RN Hospital at Chatham on 23 May1916.  His service record is not legible for the cause of death.

He is buried at Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent.



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