Private Guy Stevenson HEWITT
 

Regiment/Service:
London Regiment (Artists' Rifles)
Unit:
1st/28th Battalion
Service Number:
765271
Date of Death:
8 March 1918 - Killed in Action
Age:
19
Cemetery / Memorial:
Memorial Reference:
Bay 10



Personal History:


Guy was born at Knutsford Road, Winslow, Cheshire on the 10th March 1898 (Buxton Advertiser) the son of Edgar (Solicitor) and Florence Maude (née Stevenson) Hewitt (1901 Census RG 13/3319). Guy had an older sister, Gladys Marjorie. By 1911 (Census RG 14/21243) the family had moved to Macclesfield Road, Buxton, though Gladys had, by then, left home.

At the time of his death (1918) the family were reported as living at 'Banfield', Macclesfield Road, Buxton, although the CWGC records has them later moved to Arundale, Bampfylde Road, Torquay, Devon. Guy was educated at Normanton School, Buxton [see Footnote below], before going to Oundle School. "At the age of 17 he was nominated for Sandhurst, but did not take his commission on entering the Army". At the time of his enlistment Guy was 5 ft. 9¾ ins. (1.77 m) tall.

Military History:
The 1/28th (County of London) Battalion (Artist's Rifles) was formed in August 1914 at Dukes Road, Euston Road. The Army Troops were attached to the 2nd London Division and moved on mobilisation to the St Albans area. On the 28th October 1914 the Battalion left the Division and moved to France. An Officers Training Corps was established, based at Bailleul, moving in April 1915 to St Omer. On the 28th June 1917 the Battalion transferred to 190th Brigade in 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.

According to the 'De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour' Guy volunteered as soon as he left School and enlisted in the Artist's Rifles, in London, on the 1st December 1916. However, his Service papers have an enlistment date of 9th February 1917. "The Buxton Advertiser", 23rd March 1918, stated that Guy had been in France "just over a year". The 'De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour' gives the date as March 1917 and his Service Papers give the date as sailing from Southampton to Le Havre on 19th March, joining his unit on the 1st April. It also states that he ".. was attached to the 190th Machine Gun Company, and was killed in action at Ribecourt, near Cambrai, … two days after rejoining his regiment. Buried where he fell." In all he had served just 1 year 28 days with the Colours.

His grave was subsequently lost and he is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial. "The Buxton Advertiser" also reported that in a letter to his parents from the Chaplain on his Battalion, "Death was caused by the bursting of a shell and was instantaneous." It also said that the Chaplain spoke ".. in highest praise .. "of Guy, and that he ".. will be very greatly missed by officers and men." Had he lived, it was said that "Pte Hewitt had a distinguished career ahead of him."

Footnote:
· The author of this site was Headmaster of Normanton School from 1986 - 1997. The School
   is now closed and has no War Memorial of its own.

Sources:
· The Buxton Advertsier, 23 March 1918
· I am grateful to Michelle Young for the photo of the name on the Arras Memorial.
· De Ruvigny Roll of Honour, Vol. 4, Page 82.

Link to CWGC Record
The Arras Memorial
Pt Hewitt's name on the Memorial
Normanton School
Normanton School, Buxton
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