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Charles HEWLETT

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Surname: HEWLETT

Forename(s): Charles

Place of Birth: Radcliffe, Lancashire

Service No: 3234

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 32

Date of Death: 1915-11-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. B. 2A.

CWGC Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Charles Hewlett (baptized Radcliffe, St. Mary, 12 June 1884) was the son of Edward and Emma Hewlett, née Osman. Edward was born at Bishopstone, Wiltshire and Emma at Ashbury, Berkshire. Emma died in 1884.

1891 Colne, Lancashire Census: 14, Hartley Street - Charles Hewlett, aged 6 years, born Radcliffe, Lancashire, son of Edward and [stepson of] Jane Hewlett. [Edward had married Jane Bailey in 1886.]

1901 Colne, Lancashire Census: 14, Hartley Street - Charles Hewlett, aged 16 years, born Radcliffe, Lancashire, son of Edward and [stepson of] Jane Hewlett.

Charles was married to Emily Riley in 1908.

1911 Colne, Lancashire Census: 11, Back Chapel Fold - Charles Hewlett, aged 26 years, born Radcliffe, Lancashire, husband of Emily Hewlett.

Charles is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte. C. Hewlett.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Charles Hewlett, 6/3234, W. Rid. R. D. of W. 8.11.15.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte C. Hewlitt [sic], 3234, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. D. of W. 8.11.15.

Charles is commemorated on the Colne War Memorial.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Photograph: 'Colne & District Roll of Honour & War Record 1914-1919'.

Data Source: West Yorkshire Pioneer Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HEWLETT, C., 6th West Riding Regiment, killed in action, 1915.

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Private Charles HEWLETT

Private Charles HEWLETT

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: HEWLETT

Forename(s): Charles

Born:

Residence: Shawforth, Lancs

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 3234

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 08/11/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: HEWLETT

Forename(s): Charles

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3234

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 32

Awards:

Died Date: 08/11/1915

Additional Information: Son of Edward and Martha Hewlett, of Colne; husband of Emily Lambert (formerly Hewlett), of 35, Spring Side, Shawforth, Rochdale. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN)

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‘Burnley Express’ (27 November 1915)

THE DEATH ROLL

WHILST RESCUING COMRADE

COLNE SOLDIER’S HEROIC END

Pte. Charles Hewlett, the son of Mr. Edward Hewlett, a Crimean veteran, of Chapel-fold, has been reported as dying from wounds received in action in France on November 6th. He enlisted in the Duke of Wellington’s West Yorkshire Regiment in September last year, and went to the front in April. When he was wounded Pte. Hewlett was carrying a wounded man. He was shot in the back, and his back-bone was splintered. He had already carried one wounded comrade in, and was going out to save another when he was shot. Pte. Hewlett, who was 33 years of age, was married, and his widow and two children had lived at Shawforth, near Rochdale, for some time. Prior to enlisting Pte. Hewlett resided at Barnoldswick.

His brother, Gunner J. W. Hewlett, of the Royal Field Artillery, recently had a very narrow escape from being killed. Three nephews are at the front, these being Pte. Harold Edmondson, Colne; Lce.-Corpl. Ernest Hewlett, Colne; and Sergt.-Major Hewlett, of Barnoldswick. Two other nephews, Pte. Alfred Blakeley and Pte. Percy Wareing, are in training.

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25 June 1915

STRANGE THINGS SEEN IN FRANCE

Writing to a friend at Skipton, on June 18th, Private C. Hewlett, of the 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, who resides, when at home, at Barnoldswick, says:–“So far as I have seen France it is a very lovely country indeed, only it has been spoilt by the Germans who have left a trail of their dirty work behind them. Churches and houses wherever we go are all in ruins. I had the pleasure of visiting one of these churches just after we arrived here, and it had been damaged by the British and French guns. The Germans had had a Maxim gun in the tower, so our guns had been forced to fire on the church in order to dislodge the Germans. The interior of the church, I have never seen the like of before, but what I was interested in most were the beautiful models hung on the walls. One showed Christ falling beneath the burden of the Cross, and where one of the Jews had his hand raised to strike Christ. Strange to say the hand of the model of the Jew had been shot clean off by a bullet. A large crucifix stood over the doorway just inside the church, and a shell had come right through the wall behind it and missed it altogether. It seemed impossible for the shell to have missed it… We have been in the trenches many times, but up to the present we have been in no actual fighting. We have to be content on holding the line whilst the others are pushing forward, but I expect our turn will come sooner or later.”

09 July 1915

FRANCE’S FAIR PROVINCES

‘Duke of Wellington’s Will Hold Their Own’

Writing to Mr. David Bennett, of Otley Street, Private Charles Hewlett of the 6th (Duke of Wellington’s) West Riding Regiment, who belongs to Barnoldswick, writes:–“Since last writing you we have come out of the trenches, doing so on June 25. We were relieved about 10-30 at night. After coming out we had a march of about five miles to our billets, and stayed for two days. On Monday night we had another tramp, about the same distance as on the day out of the trenches. We had another two days’ rest here. On Wednesday night we left our billets in full marching order, about six o’clock. Our destination was unknown to us, but I must confess that the country we passed through was absolutely beautiful; sweet-smelling hayfields, sweetpeas, wheat, potatoes, and hopfields by the score. It made one feel good to be alive, and we showed this by singing all the way, though the first hour the sun was simply scorching. At ten minutes past nine we crossed the Belgium frontier, and a few miles further on we halted for the night as we thought, but up to writing we are still in the same place. We are bivouacking in a wood, and enjoying it immensely. This morning I attended service of Holy Communion, which was conducted by the Wesleyan chaplain. I enjoyed it first rate. You know we don’t get the privilege of attending service every Sunday, as when we are in the trenches we are too busy to hold service of any kind. Before very long we are expecting to be in the thick of it all, and when the time comes I think that the Duke of Wellington’s will hold their own and keep up their reputation.”

08 October 1915

BARNOLDSWICK PRIVATE’S MIRACULOUS ESCAPE – Shell that Proved ‘a Dudd’

The following engrossing letter detailing the lucky escape from death of Pte. Chas. Hewlett, of Barnoldswick, who belongs to the contingent of the 2nd [1st] 6th (Duke of Wellington’s) West Riding Regiment at the front, has been handed on to us by the Skipton resident who received it:–

September 30th, 1915
”No doubt you will by now have read of the great advance by the Allies, but I must thank my lucky stars that I am whole, as the other day we were in the support trenches, and I and three more comrades were having a little sing-song of our own when suddenly we heard a shell come whistling through the air and something hard struck the earth, and mud flew in all directions. We thought our time had come, and we waited for the explosion, but thank God it never came, as when a short while after we went to see what size it was judge our surprise when we found it was a very big shell and it was what we call a ‘German dudd,’ because it has not exploded. We could see the hole where it had gone in, and by putting our hand in we could feel it. Afterwards it was dug out, and it was about 1½ or 2 feet long, and as it dropped at about six or seven yards in front of our dug-out you can see for yourself why I say we were very lucky. This was the third shell that had dropped within 10 or 12 yards from our dug-out, one being dropped from an aeroplane. This also was a ‘dudd,’ and another took a corner of our dug-out on its way–but here we are as gay as ever and, as usual, laughing when the danger is past! I see that the people at home are doing their little bit in various ways, but there is one thing I cannot understand. I hear that tobacco has gone up again. The working man’s tobacco is now 5d. per ounce (so we hear). What I cannot understand is how it is that the working-man has always to put his hand down when anything is wanted. Why can’t they leave tobacco out and double – yes, treble – the price of beer and alcohol? If they did this then I think the Government would have taken the right step. Well, I must now draw to a close as it is time little boys like me were in bed.”

26 November 1915

BARNOLDSWICK SOLDIER DIES FROM WOUNDS

In yesterday’s casualty list under the heading ‘Died from Wounds’ appears the name of Private C. Hewlett, of the 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment. As we reported last week, he was wounded whilst trying to save a comrade. He was a native of Colne, but has resided in Barnoldswick for a number of years. He made many friends at the Otley Street Baptist Chapel, Skipton, during the time his regiment was stationed at Skipton, and the news of his death will be received with deep regret not only by his Skipton friends, but also by a large circle of friends, residing in Barnoldswick and district.

24 December 1915

CRAVEN’S ROLL OF HONOUR – BARNOLDSWICK

Pte. C. Hewlett, 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, killed in action. Well known in Barnoldswick and district.

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