Private Samuel Lewis was born in Toronto on 7 August 1889, son of Samuel Francis Lewis and Emily Louisa Chase. His father had been a sergeant in the British army in India and had served in the Second Afghan war before retiring and immigrating to Toronto with his family.
When the First World War broke out, Samuel had been serving with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada for three years, and was one of the earlier to enlist, signing his attestation papers on September 12, 1914 and joining the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. At the time he as single and working as an engine driver. His older brother Arthur Walter enlisted a few weeks later (September 24) and rose to the rank of Sergeant.
On May 4, 1915, Samuel Lewis was killed in action in the trenches in the vicinity of Hooge, Belgium. His body was never found and so his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate (panel 0-58.)