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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Alfred Hewitt
Person Details
Alfred was born in 1887 in Retford and was the son of Alfred a bricklayer and and Martha Hewitt, of 79, Mount Pleasant, Spital Hill, Retford. Alfred and Martha had a very big family having some thirteen children in all, however only 10 of which survived to 1911. In the 1901 census the family are living at Mount Pleasant, Spital Hill at this time Alfred is 14 years old. When he was 22 years of age in 1909 we find Alfred serving a sentence at Wakefield prison ( West Yorks prison records 1801-1914) he was committed to prison at East Retford on 31/07/1909 for a period of two months and released on 21/09/1909 on remission for an offence of assault, it is noted in the records that he had 7 previous convictions. By the 1911 census Alfred has moved out of the family house but has not gone far as we find him living at a different house on Mount Pleasant, Spital Hill with his brother in law Pawson Lane who is a maltster at a malt kiln . At this time Alfred is single 24 years of age and working for his father as a bricklayers labourer.
09 Aug 1915
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6th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Alfred enlisted on the outbreak of war at Retford on 1st September 1914, he stated his age to be 27 years and 164 days, he gave his occupation as labourer. On 2nd September he was posted to the Depot of the 6th battalion Lincolnshire regiment for training. His service record shows that his conduct in the army seem to follow that of his civilian life as between 21st November 1914 and 18th May 1915 on four occasions he is given field punishment No 2 amounting to 42 days punishment for various offences. On 1st July 1915 he travels out to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary force and arrives in Gallipoli on 18th July 1915 and within a month on 9th August 1915 is killed in action. His has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Helles memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Pte Alfred Hewitt Retford Times 3 September 1915 Several letters have been received in the town to the effect that Pte Alfred Hewitt, 6th Lincolns, son of Mrs Hewitt of Mount Pleasant, has been killed in the Dardanelles. Private Horace Cartwright of the same regiment, in a letter written on Aug 16th to his mother, who resides in Long Row, Spital Hill says- “We have had some sever fighting this weekend and have lost a good many men. Alf Hewitt was killed on Aug 8th and I think Harry Smith has been wounded but Leonard is alright. The fighting was just like hell. No one would believe it if they had not seen it. We never had a wash for about a week. It was awful.” Pte Cartwright has written to Mr Dunham of St Johns Street stating the same. Pte Fred Footitt of the 6th Lincs, writing to his mother on 12th Aug, who lives in Spital Hill:- “ We hjave lost a lot of men and have about 150 men left out of our battalion which was 1,200 strong at the outset. We have only four or five officers left …. I have not yet seen young Len Smith or Alfred Hewitt. I think they have gone under and ‘Plimmer’ Smith has been wounded.” Writing on Aug 14th he said:- Alfred Hewitt has been killed, ‘Plimmer’ Smith has been wounded”. Hewitt enlisted on Sept 1st 1914 and went to the Dardanelles during the latter part of June. He was 28 years of age. His brother John is also serving with the colours. In his last letter to his home, Pte Hewitt said:- “I am getting on alright up to the present. We are now in the trenches. We have been relieved from the firing trench and are in the reserve trenches. We have been in the firing trenches 8 days. I am sorry to say 12 or more men of our regiment have been killed.
Research Peter Gillings
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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Alfred Hewitt
    Alfred Hewitt - This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Alfred Hewitt