George Samuel Hewitt

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 290th Siege Battery
Rank / Service No: Gunner, 353315
Died: 30th May 1917, aged 35 years
Buried: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot VII, Row C, Grave 17)

 

George, a School Master, was the elder of 2 siblings born to George Robert Bevis and Ann (Annie) Hewitt (nee Pollard), who married in Southampton in 1881.

 

Both parents were born in Southampton, George in 1857 and Ann in 1859. George died on 10 September 1924 in the city and Ann passed away in 1947 in Aldershot.

 

Sister 

Amelia Annie   b. 1885 St. Mary’s   d. 1974 Bournemouth   Married Joseph H. Bailey in Southampton in 1916.

 

 

George married Amy Ward in Romsey in 1914. Amy was born in the town in 1877 and she passed away there in 1962.

The couple had no children.

 

 

The 290th Siege Battery would have had 6” Howitzers, used in advance of any infantry attacks.

 

The correct range for firing such huge guns was achieved via morse code to a supporting aircraft.

 

The Battery only had 2 officers left at the end of the Battle of Passchendaele in November 1917.

 

George left £933 8s 10d to his wife and his headstone reads: “ Ad Finem Fidelis.”

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016
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