Top Navigation

Willie HEWITT

Main CPGW Record

Surname: HEWITT

Forename(s): Willie

Place of Birth: Cowling, Yorkshire

Service No: 6/4389

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-09-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. W. 8.

CWGC Cemetery: LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Willie Hewitt (born 19 November 1892) was the son of Jonas and Mary Hewitt, née Stubbs. Jonas was born at Cowling and Mary at Menston, Yorkshire.

1901 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Keighley Road - Willie Hewitt, aged 8 years, born Cowling, son of Jonas and Mary Hewitt.

1911 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: 189, Keighley Road - Willie Hewitt, aged 18 years, born Cowling, son of Jonas and Mary Hewitt.

The British Army Service Record for Willie Hewitt exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Willie Hewitt, 6/4389, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 18.9.16. Oi/c Recs. York, requests inst[ruction]s. to dispose of medals 19.2.21.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Willie Hewitt, 6/4389, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 18.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Willie Hewitt, 4389, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 18.9.16 France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Mary. £11 4s. 2d.

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).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

View Entry in CPGW Book

Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HEWITT, Willie, West Riding Regiment, 187 Keighley Road, [Cowling], killed in action, 1916.

---

Click the thumbnail below to view a larger image.

Private Willie HEWITT

Private Willie HEWITT

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

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HEWITT

Forename(s): Willie

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 4389

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 18/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HEWITT

Forename(s): Willie

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6/4389

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 23

Awards:

Died Date: 19/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of Jonas and Mary Hewitt, of 19, Blenheim Terrace, Leeds. Native of Cowling, Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: EVER REMEMBERED)

---

View Additional Image(s)

Additional Photo(s) For Soldier Records

Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille

Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille

CWGC Headstone

Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille

Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

Cowling United Methodist Church ‘Bar Chapel’ graveyard

Cowling United Methodist Church ‘Bar Chapel’ graveyard

Family gravestone

Cowling United Methodist Church ‘Bar Chapel’ graveyard

Cowling United Methodist Church ‘Bar Chapel’ graveyard

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

View Craven Herald Articles

View Craven Herald Articles

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

29 September 1916

HEWITT – Killed in action in France during September, 1916, Pte. Willie Hewitt, West Riding Regiment, of Cowling, aged 23 years.

29 September 1916

COWLING – ANOTHER COWLING HERO

Another Cowling young man has been called upon to make the supreme sacrifice. On Saturday morning Mrs. Hewitt of 189, Keighley Road, Cowling, received letter below from an officer in her son’s regiment.

France, September, 18th ’16.

Dear Mrs. Hewitt,– I deeply regret to inform you that your son Willie has been killed in action. His death will be felt by all the officers of his company and his comrades, as he was highly respected. He was always devoted to his duty and did everything in a cheerful manner. I hope it will be some consolation to you to know that your son died without pain. Allow me to offer my deepest sympathy,– Yours most sincerely, James A. Walter.

Pte. Willie Hewitt, of the West Riding Regiment, was 23 years of age. Before enlisting in May 1915, he was employed as a warp dresser by Mr. A. Cowgill, Royd Mill, and went to France in February last.

06 October 1916

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Pte. W. Hewitt, of the West Riding Regiment, aged 23 years, son of Mrs. Hewitt, 189, Keighley Road, Cowling, who, as reported last week, was killed in action in France, September, 1916. He was formerly a warpdresser at Royd Mill, Cowling, and went to France in February, 1916.

View West Yorkshire Pioneer Articles

View West Yorkshire Pioneer Articles

West Yorkshire Pioneer Logo

29 September 1916

A COWLING SOLDIER KILLED

Mrs. Hewitt, 187, Keighley Road, Cowling, received intimation of the death of her son, Pte. Willie Hewitt, killed in action whilst fighting with his regiment in France. The letter which was received from one of his company officers read as follows:– “Dear Mrs. Hewitt, – I deeply regret to inform you that your son, Willie, has been killed in action. His death will be felt by all the company officers and his comrades, as he was highly respected. He was always devoted to his duty, and did everything in a cheerful manner. I know it will be some consolation to you to know that your son died without pain. Allow me to offer you my deepest sympathy. – Yours sincerely, James A. Walter.”

Pte. Hewitt was a noted and popular footballer, playing with several teams in the village. He was a successful centre forward of the team which won the Keighley and District League trophy some years ago. He enlisted in May 1915, in the West Riding Regiment, and has been in France since February last. He was previously employed as a warp dresser by Mr. Albert Cowgill, Royd Mills, Cowling,

Submit a Correction

    Name (required)

    Email Address (required)

    Telephone (required)

    Soldier Reference - Name:

    Soldier Reference - URL:

    Details of the correction to be made (required)

    Comment on this Soldier Record

    You can leave comments on this soldier record. Please note all comments will be manually approved before they appear on the website.

    No comments yet.

    Leave a Reply

    Pin It on Pinterest

    Share This