Cecil Lewis was born in 1898. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, aged 17. On the morning of 1st July 1916, he was flying over the Somme and witnessed the final artillery bombardment before the infantry attack. His description can be heard below...
Cecil Lewis was awarded the Military Cross and twice mentioned in dispatches. He was a founding member of the British Broadcasting Corporation and died in London in 1997, aged 98.
Read his Life Story on IWMs Lives of the First World War
Listen to Polly Haas talk about her grandfather, Lieutenant Cecil Lewis MC and the Battle of the Somme here.