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Number:                    Unit: 5th Lincolnshire Regiment

Rank: Captain                          Commemorated:
                                         Brouillet Cemetery France

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PERSONAL DETAILS.

The eldest Son of George Henry and Eliza (nee Dixon) Street of the Hawthorns, Witham Road, Woodhall Spa, Hewson was an implement maker prior to the War.  He was born at Osbournby, Lincolnshire on the 14th September 1893 and was educated at the Church of England School, Woodhall Spa.   He joined the 4th Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment, the local Territorial Unit, in 1911.  At the outbreak of war, he was mobilised with his unit and served in France and Flanders from the 28th February 1915.  The following April, he was invalided home, suffering from enteric fever.  He was commissioned as a 2/Lt. to his sister territorial battalion, the 5th Lincolns, on the 14th July 1916, being promoted to Lieut. on the 24th May 1917, and Capt. on the 20th July following.  On his return to France, he was attached to the 7th South Lancashire Regt as Lewis Gun Officer.  He was then posted as attached to the 10th Worcestershire Regiment, taking command of C Company on the 28th April 1918.  It was whilst serving with them he died on the 1st June 1918.  Hewson’s younger brother, Sydney, served as a Farrier with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry and was with the first draft of Yeomen to sail for Egypt on the Mercian.  Hewson was a very brave soldier, being 3 times mentioned in Despatches, and being awarded the Military Cross on the 7th June 1917, during the battle for Wytschaete Ridge.  He was later awarded a bar to his Military Cross, on the 22nd July 1917.

SERVICE DETAILS.

As we can see from above, at the time of his death, Hewson was attached the 10th Worcesters as commander of C Company. The 10th Worcesters were part of 57 Brigade 19th Division.  Due to heavy casualties suffered during the latter part of 1917, the commencement of 1918 saw the reorganisation of the 19th Division.  The Germans commenced their 1918 offensive in Picardy and the Somme in March.  The 19th Division was in position by St. Quentin and was to take the main force of the attack between 21st-23rd March.  The Germans then turned their attention to Flanders and Lys.  Hewson’s battalion were at a rest camp when the Germans broke through at Soissons and were immediately called upon to go back into action.  During the period 29th May - 6th June they were engaged in the battle of the Aisne.  Hewson was taken prisoner of war, due to wounds he received, and died as such.  He was hit 8 times in the chest, by machine gun bullets, whilst attacking on the Marne, on the 29th May 1918.    

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