Captain, 3rd Battalion Manchester Regiment, attached 2nd Battalion.

Killed in action 9th July 1916, age 24.

Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Former student of chemistry.



Oscar, born in 1893 at Manchester, was the son of George Oscar Lewtas. He was educated at King Edward’s School, Saffron Walden. He came to Manchester University in 1909 to study chemistry, obtaining his degree in 1913 and an MSc. in 1914. Whilst at the University he was secretary of the Tennis Club, gained his tennis colours, and was a member of the Rugby Club.

Oscar joined the University Officer Training Corps in 1909 and left in September 1913. He enlisted with the 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers as a private in September 1914, rose to the rank of sergeant, was gazetted in January 1915 to the Manchester Regiment, and by March 1916 had become a captain. He went to France in May 1915 and was wounded at Maricourt on 25th November that year. After returning from a period of leave at home he fell in action on 9th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

Oscar left effects worth £161 0s 1d to his father. His younger brother John, serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers, was wounded on 1st July 1916 while attached to the Army Cyclists Corps.

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