Lewis, Maurice Edgar (Torpedo Gunner)

Accession Number PR00399
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1cm (1 item)
Object type Letters
Maker Lewis, Maurice Edgar
Date made 1940
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 94/0348
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Letter written by Maurice Lewis, an Australian serving aboard HMS Broke, vividly describing the evacuations of allied troops and civilians from St Valery and Brest, France, and demolition of a sinking ship and demolition work carried out in Brest. Describes air attacks, casualties, attitude of French civilians and Polish brigade fighting the rearguard at Brest, anti-submarine patrols, Atlantic patrolling and rescue and convoy escort. It contains a vivid description of the rescue of civilians from a burning convoy vessel probably HMS Comorin.