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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 19/06/1884 Copdock, Suffolk. d. 07/12/1966 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

 

He was 33 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 2nd South African Light Infantry, South African Forces during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 20 September 1917 east of Ypres, Belgium, Lance-Corporal Hewitt attacked a pill-box with his section and tried to rush the doorway. The garrison, however, proved very stubborn and in the attempt the lance-corporal received a severe wound. Nevertheless he proceeded to the loophole of the pill-box where, in his attempts to put a bomb in it, he was again wounded in the arm. Undeterred, he finally managed to get the bomb inside where it dislodged the occupants and they were successfully dealt with by the rest of the section.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE, SUFFOLK. *

(*presently on loan in Imperial War Museum).

BURIAL PLACE: CHELTENHAM CEMETERY, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. (ASHES SCATTERED AT SEA OFF HERMANUS CLIFFs, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.

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William Henry Hewitt VC

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William Hewitt's VC on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London

(August 2014).

Cheltenham Cemetery & Crematorium

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE

Framlingham College, Suffolk

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Record Card courtesy of Derek Walker

War Illustrated, 5th January 1918

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26th November 1917

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