Hewitt, Hugh Robert (No. 5382304)

Hewitt, Hugh Robert (Hugh)

Private

No. 5382304, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

Killed in action on Saturday 24 March 1945 (aged 28)

Buried:

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany                 (Grave 35. A. 9)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Robert Hewitt was born on 13 November 1917 in the townland of Ballybundon and he was a son of William and Mary Jane Brown Logan Hewitt (nee Carlisle) who were married on 28 November 1907 in Kilmood Parish Church of Ireland Church, Killinchy, Co. Down.  William Hewitt, a labourer from Kilmood was a son of William Hewitt, a labourer.  Mary Jane Brown Logan Carlisle (aged 20) from Kilmood was a daughter of Hugh Carlisle, a labourer.

William and Mary Jane Brown Logan Hewitt (nee Carlisle) had at least seven children:

William Henry (born 14 May 1909 in Ballybundon)

Charles John (born 16 September 1910 in Tullynagee)

Hiram Nixon (born 4 September 1912 in Tullynagee)

Anna Spread Wilson (Nan, born 24 December 1913 in Tullynagee; married William McIlroy on 9 July 1938)

Samuel Wilson (born 23 September 1916 in Ballybundon)

Hugh Robert (born 13 November 1917 in Ballybundon)

Mary Elizabeth (born 24 November 1918 in Ballybundon)

Hugh Robert Hewitt was a career soldier and he served with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.  His marriage to Hilda Ellen Heard of Sheldon, Birmingham was registered in the third quarter of 1943 in Lambeth, London.

Private Hugh Robert Hewitt’s death was reported in the 21 April 1945 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Ards Lady’s Brother Killed.  It was reported that Mrs Nan McIlroy of 11 Scrabo View Terrace, Comber Road, Newtownards had been officially notified that her brother, Hugh Hewitt (aged 28), had been killed in action during the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany.  He had previously been wounded on D-Day.

Private Hugh Robert Hewitt (No. 5382304) was buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

SLEEP ON, BELOVED,

SLEEP AND TAKE THY REST;

WE LOVED THEE WELL,

SO GOD BLESS

Private Hugh Robert Hewitt’s sister and brother-in-law Anna (Nan) and William McIlroy and their son Arnold placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the 23 March 1946 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

What would I give his hand to clasp,

His dear sweet face to see,

To hear his voice and see his smile,

Which meant so much to me.

They placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the 22 March 1947 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

It’s sweet to think of a brother so dear,

Though absent from me, yet ever so near;

Unseen by the world he stands by my side,

And whispers, dear sister, death cannot divide.

They placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the 20 March 1948 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

Sleep on, dear brother, in your far away grave,

A grave we may never see,

But as long as life and memory last,

We will remember thee.