Reginald Henry Charles Hewlett

Date of birth: 23rd October 1894
Place of birth: Northam, Southampton
Regiment: Wiltshire
Battalion: 5th
Rank / Service No: Private, 25190
Died: 12th April 1917, aged 22 years
Commemorated: Basra Memorial, Iraq

 

Reginald was the youngest of 3 siblings born to Henry and Jemima Hewlett (nee Goddard), who married in Southampton in 1889.

 

The family lived at 73 Grove Road, Freemantle sometime after the mid 1890’s.

 

Henry was born in Poole in 1854 and he died in Southampton in 1932.

Jemima was born in Shirley in 1858 and she passed away in the city in 1939.

 

Reginald is boarding with the Wallace family at 10 Four Post Hill, Shirley at the 1911 Census and there is no sign of the rest of the family at that time.

 

Siblings 

Edith Caroline   b. 1890 Northam   d. 1974 Southampton

Florence Margaret   b. 23 November 1892 Northam   d. 1961 Southampton

Reginald Henry Charles

 

Reginald originally attested into a Hampshire regiment (#9818)…..it is not known when he transferred.

 

The 5th Wiltshire’s were amalgamated into the 13th (Western) Division in early 1915.

 

The Division embarked at Avonmouth on 1st July 1915, destined for Gallipoli.

On 4th August, they disembarked at ANZAC Cove and were propelled directly into various actions against the Turkish Army.

 

In January 1916, the Wiltshires (amongst others) were evacuated to Egypt. This was simply because of the number of casualties suffered, through combat, disease or the harsh weather.

 

After a month in Egypt, the Division was deployed to Mesopotamia (Iraq) where further actions against the Turks were ongoing.

 

Almost immediately, the Battle of Kut Al Amara commenced. On 29th April 1916, one of the British army’s worst humiliations took place…..11800 British and Indian troops were forced to surrender to the Turks at Kut.

 

Changes in leadership ensued, and the area was recaptured in February 1917. Such progress was made that Baghdad was captured the following month.

The Division then carried on pushing northwards towards Mosul, with only light resistance from the enemy.

 

It is probable that Reginald lost his life during the “mopping up” around the town of Amara.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016
Updated:

 

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