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Dennis George Wyldbore Hewitt

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Died  July 31, 1917, Belgium
Awards  Victoria Cross
Name  Dennis Wyldbore
Unit  Royal Hampshire Regiment
Battles/wars  World War I †
Service/branch  British Army
Rank  Second Lieutenant
Battles and wars  World War I


Buried at  Remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial
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Dennis George Wyldbore Hewitt VC (18 December 1897 – 31 July 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Biography

Hewitt was the son of Elizabeth Mary née Rampini (1871–1959) and Hon. George Wyldbore Hewitt (1858–1942) - himself a son of James Hewitt, 4th Viscount Lifford. He was born in Mayfair, London and educated at Winchester College. He was 19 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 14th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment (later The Royal Hampshire Regiment), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 31 July 1917 north-east of Ypres, Belgium, when his first objective had been captured, Second Lieutenant Hewitt reorganised his company and moved forward. Whilst waiting for the barrage to lift, he was hit by a piece of shell which exploded the signal lights in his haversack and set fire to his equipment and clothes. He extinguished the flames and then, despite his wound and severe pain, he led forward the remnants of the company under a very heavy machine-gun fire and captured and consolidated his objective. He was subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate

References

Dennis George Wyldbore Hewitt Wikipedia


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