Edward John Lewis was killed when the armed merchant cruiser HMS Laurentic was attacked by U-99 in the North Atlantic. The Laurentic and Patroclus had answered the distress calls of the Casanare, which had already been struck by U-99, and were both subsequently torpedoed and sunk. A degree of mystery surrounds his death. A shipmate wrote subsequently and said that Edward had been on a lifeboat ready to evacuate but got off to go and find the ship's dog, and was later killed. It is a very odd thing to say, and whether there is any truth in this, we will never know. Sadly, it seems Edward was in a reserved occupation as a fireman in London, and I understand he had only been due to serve at sea for three months. Remembering Edward John Lewis today and all those who perished alongside him.