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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Hewitt, William Arthur

2nd Lieutenant William Arthur Hewitt

was born in 1893 the son of James H Hewitt and Jeannie D Hewitt, of Altamont, 97 Mornington Park, Bangor, Co. Down.  James was a well known local figure, being the local manager in the Workshops for the Blind.

In 1901 the family were living in house 15, Rosetta Avenue, Ormeau, Belfast.

He was educated at RBAI (Inst.), played rugby for the North of Ireland Rugby Football Club and was also a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

Hewitt joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Markets branch.

[Belfast Banking Company, Markets branch (Victoria Street, Belfast (1918))]

By 1911 the family were living in house 27, Downshire Road, Bangor, Co. Down with their son, William A, aged 18.  William is described as a Bank Clerk. He had been working in Head Office.

On 28th September 1912, Hewitt's father signed the Ulster Covenant at Dufferin Memorial Hall, Bangor.

Hewitt volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  His first theatre of war is recorded as western Europe from 25th March 1916.  His Medal Index Card records his father's address as Mornington Park, Bangor.

He was serving with 9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as a 2nd Lieutenant when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 aged 23.  He was their Assistant Adjutant.

Hewitt was one of three brothers who fell.  They were Lieutenant Ernest Henry Hewitt (Mentioned in Dispatches), killed in action on 15th / 16th June 1915 aged 29, and Lieutenant Holt Montgomery Hewitt, killed in action on 1st July 1916 aged 29.  William is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and also on Bangor War Memorial.

A brass memorial tablet, commemorating all three brothers is also on show in St. Comgall's Church, Bangor.   It was dedicated and unveiled in August 9 - see newspaper clipping below.

The Belfast News Letter of 7th July 1916 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 10th July 1916 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 12th July 1916 reports:

The regimental magazine 'The Sprig' dated 2nd September 1916 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 15th August 1917 reports:

Administration of the estate was granted at Belfast to Francis H Hewitt, Manager.  Hewitt's effects were £352 9s 6d.

Thanks to Nigel Henderson of Great War Belfast Newspapers ( for this image.

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