William Henry Hewitt
|William Henry Hewitt|
|Born||19 June 1884
Copdock, Suffolk, England
|Died||7 December 1966 (aged 82)
|Buried||Cheltenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire|
|Allegiance|| United Kingdom
Union of South Africa
|Service/branch||South African Forces|
|Unit||2nd South African Light Infantry|
William Henry Hewitt VC (19 June 1884 – 7 December 1966) was a South African soldier, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War.
On 20 September 1917 east of Ypres, Belgium, Lance-Corporal Hewitt attacked a pill-box with his section and tried to rush the doorway. The garrison, however, proved very stubborn and in the attempt the lance-corporal received a severe wound. Nevertheless, he proceeded to the loophole of the pill-box where, in his attempts to put a bomb in it, he was again wounded in the arm. Undeterred, he finally managed to get the bomb inside where it dislodged the occupants and they were successfully dealt with by the rest of the section.
He later achieved the rank of major.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - Passchendaele 1917 (Stephen Snelling, 1998)