Edward HEWIT

HEWIT, Edward

Service Number: 791
Enlisted: 4 January 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, 11 June 1889
Home Town: Cooks Hill, Newcastle West, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ironmonger
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, Warneton (Messines), 3 March 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Berks Cemetery Extension
Berks Cemetery Extension (Rosenberg Plateau Plots) (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 32), Ploegsteert, Belgium, Berks Cemetery Extension, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 791, 35th Infantry Battalion
30 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, 791, 35th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, 791, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
11 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 791, 35th Infantry Battalion
3 Mar 1918: Involvement Corporal, 791, 35th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 791 awm_unit: 35th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1918-03-03

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Gary Mitchell

Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.
102 years ago today, on the 3rd March 1918, Corporal Edward Alphonsus Leo Hewit, 35th Battalion, ironmonger from 7 Dawson Street, Cooks Hill, New South Wales, fell at Warneton, Belgium, age 28.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 11th June 1889 to Robert William (died 1921) and Mary Ann (1889) Hewit, Teddy enlisted September 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.
Discharged 28.10.1915 due to a medical condition, Teddy reenlisted January 1916 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 11.12.1916 (not specified, remained on duty - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133756117), and admitted to hospital 2.2.1918 (gingivitis), Mr Hewit is resting at Berks Cemetery Extension, Belgium. Plot II Row A Grave 32.
Originally Teddy was resting at Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery and Extension, but the graves here were exhumed and removed to Berks Cemetery Extension in 1930.

His name has been inscribed on the St. Mary's-Marist Bros' School (Newcastle) Honour Roll, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

In his Last Will and Testament, Edward bequeathed his possessions to his dear friend Lena Wheatley (fiancé? - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139650270).
Teddy has been memorialised at his parent’s gravesite. CATHOLIC 1-A Spec. 73.

The photos of Mr Hewit’s headstone have been supplied by Belgium photographer Mr Eddy Lin, who has very generously provided me with photos of all my boys memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery who are resting in Belgium. The placing of 2 poppies on top of each headstone will, I believe, make these photos quite unique. Many thanks Eddy.
Lest We Forget.