Hastings and St Leonards Observer, Saturday 05 March 1887
THE DEATH OF MR. C.J. LEWNS. THE FUNERAL
Mr. Carleton J. Lewns, one of the best known figures in public circles Hastings, died of paralysis of the brain, at his residence, 41 Havelock-
He was born in 1847, at Rye, and was therefore, forty years of age when he died. His family was old and much respected the ancient seaport, his father being a jeweller, and acting as Bailiff to the County Courts of Rye and Hastings. Mr. Lewns was educated at Rye and Boulogne, at the latter place showing great facility for acquiring foreign languages, as he afterwards did for picking up tunes. He assisted his father for some time in business at Rye, besides acting a sergeant in the Rifles and then came to Hastings and set up for himself as an auctioneer and house and estate agent.
When his sire died, he succeeded him as Bailiff at Hastings, and only resigned the post through illness last year. He was at one time a lieutenant in the Artillery Volunteers, and was also connected with the Rifles here. He was too an active member of the Derwent Lodge Freemasons. He held the post of treasurer to the Borough Fire Brigade to the time of his death. He was a Conservative, but took no prominent part in local political life beyond running as an unsuccessful candidate for the Town Council in the Tory interest, for the East Ward, in 1S74 and 1875.
It was as a vocalist, however, that he was chiefly known, and principally popular. He knew nothing, he often said himself, of the theory of music, but was remarkably quick in picking up songs, and sang wholly by ear. His serie-
He married Miss Carrick, a daughter of Mr. Carrick, of the Tower Hotel, Boohemia, and was blessed with four sons and three daughters. All of his children, as well as his wife, survive him. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, was witnessed by a large number people, both in the town and at the Borough Cemetery, at Ore, where the interment took place. The Fire Brigade figured principally in the obsequies , being under the command of Captain Glenister and the foremen of the different sections of the Brigade. The coffin, covered by a Union Jack and surmounted with the helmet of the deceased and some handsome wreaths, was borne to its last resting place on one of the fire-
The Late Mr. Carleton Lewxs. In memory of this gentleman, a handsome stone has been put up in the Borough Cemetery. ………..
The design, which is of a very neat pattern, bears the-