Frank Bennett HEWETT


HEWETT, Frank Bennett

Service Number: 593
Enlisted: 16 September 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Wedderburn, Loddon, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Brickmaker
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 10 August 1915
Cemetery: 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery
Plot II, Row C, Grave 12
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Tickera War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 593
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Corporal, SN 593, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Corporal, SN 593, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Linda Neate

Frank lived with his mother Rhoda and Rhoda's brother Ezekiel, who also ran the local brickworks, in the Victorian country town of Wedderburn.   Frank worked with Ezekiel in the brickworks.  No mention was ever made of Frank's father, and there is no official birth registration.  Wedderburn folk grew up strong, independent and resourceful. Water was scarce for months at a time, so when the trains arrived with water tankers to Wedderburn station, the townsfolk were ready to meet it with buckets and barrows for much needed water for their homes.

Frank joined up with famed Wedderburn boy Albert Jacka.  Was this a chance for different challenges, get out of the country town environment, see another part of the world that was otherwise not open to them?  Weren't there promises of adventure, good pay and be home by Christmas?

The local papers, following Frank's death, paid tribute to him as a "descendant from a well-known Methodist family", who was "admired and loved by all" for his "upright character and generous disposition" involved in local town activities including the local Rifle Club, leading soloist in the town band and member of the local military reserves.

Frank's Commonwealth War Grave epitaph reads "A good son - he had many friends".

"The History of the Fourteenth Battalion, AIF" by Newton Wanliss, first published 1929, details the battle Abd-el-Rahman Bair and resultant casualties including Frank.  (The author's son was also in the 14th Battalion, and was killed in action 1917.)