Arthur William Lewin EM

b. 14/05/1861 Tempsford, Bedfordshire.  d. 06/1950 Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

DATE OF EM ACTION: 18/10/1928 Lincoln.

Arthur was the middle of three sons born to William and Hannah Lewin (nee Cope), and was raised in Tempsford, Bedfordshire. His brothers were named Edwin and James Henry, who later became a church minister and missionary. In 1885, Arthur married Susannah Garton in Lincolnshire, and Arthur had gained employment with the Great Western Railway as a signalman. By the time of the 1891 Census, he and Susannah were living in Doddington, Lincolnshire, where he worked as a gatekeeper. Sadly, in May 1908, Susannah died suddenly aged 48, living him a widower, and they had not had any children. Arthur continued to work on the railways, and it was at his place of work, Pelham Street Level Crossing, that he was awarded the Edward Medal for his vain attempt to save the life of an old man. Lewin was severely injured and had to have an arm amputated, but survived. Lewin died aged 89 in June 1950, and on 29th June, was buried with his late wife in Canwick Road Old Cemetery in Lincoln.



At about 8.45 p.m. on the 18th October, 1928, Lewin was closing the gates at Pelham Street Level Crossing at Lincoln to permit an engine and two vans to cross. He had closed the large gates on the east side of the crossing, and was moving to close the wicket gate on the same side when he saw an old man open the wicket gate and start to walk across the railway lines. The man disregarded the warning shouted by Lewin, who, seeing the danger, ran across the lines and tried to pull him clear of the engine which was then moving at about five miles per hour. Unfortunately, Lewin, who is himself 67 years of age, was just too late, and not only was the old man knocked down and killed, but Lewin himself sustained serious injuries, which have resulted in the amputation of one of his arms.