Lewis family, Northfield

 

Lewis family, Northfield

The Lewis Family at Bradley Farm, NorthfieldBill Lewis was the son of William and Grace Lewis who had Bradley Farm in Northfield. Leonard, their cousin, was already in the Army, serving with the Somerset Light Infantry in North Africa. Bill was called up in September 1942, and was due to leave for duty on 29th September. That morning his father delivered the milk churns to Somerton’s Cow & Gate milk factory in Etsome Terrace earlier than usual so that he could be at home to see Bill off. Mrs Lewis normally worked at the milk factory but she had re-arranged her shift so that she could be at home. His three sisters, Mavis, Phyllis and Lynda, were also at home. Shortly after 8 a.m. a lone German bomber flew in low over Somerton and dropped four bombs on the milk factory, destroying most of the building and killing nine people there. Many were wounded and houses over a wide area were damaged.Bill served in the Army throughout the war and came home to marry Moyra. He took Kirkham Farm in Kirkham Street and farmed that until his retirement. The family are still there. Mavis stayed at Bradley Farm and married Robert Lesley Doyle who took on the farm when her parents retired.

 Phyllis Lewis is second from right in 2nd row of the staff of Yeovil Fire Station. She served with Yeovil Fire Brigade during the war, and married George Martin from Langport, after he was demobbed in December 1946. Lynda married Kenneth Hill of Pitney who was on duty all night with the Home Guard on 28th September 1942, and was therefore late for work at the Milk Factory on 29th. He was an Inspector for the Milk Marketing Board and should have been at the factory testing milk samples that morning. He was on his way to the factory coming down Somerton Hill when he saw the bombs dropping.