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Lieutenant Richard Roy Lewer

Lt Richard Roy Lewer
  Commemorative portrait of Lt Richard Roy Lewer, FGS, by Emery Walker, [1916].(GSL/POR/57/24)

Fellowship details: No.4877, elected 6 December 1911.

Born: 1889

Died: 21 July 1916


Richard Roy Lewer was born at Loughton, Essex in 1889, the eldest son of Henry William and Florence Eliza Lewer. A geological surveyor by profession, Lewer worked for the British Burmah Oil Company for three years, before he went to the Caucasian Oil Fields then to Western Canada.  

Returning to Britain at once on the outbreak of war, he received a commission in the 16th King’s Royal Rifles. He was severely wounded at Bois des Fourreaux, Picardie, on the Western Front, and died of his injuries six days later on 21 July 1916.

Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery, Méricourt-L'Abbe, Somme, France.


  • Porro, C, “Geology of the Country near Ngahlaingdwin, Minbu District, Burma. With Geological Map by C Porro and R Lewer”, ‘Records of the Geological Survey of India’, vol XLV (1915), pp249-270.
  • Obituary, ‘Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society’, vol 73 (1917), Proceedings p lxiv.
  • Obituary, “Annual Report 1916”, ‘Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association’, vol 28 (1917), p52.

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