The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private B E Hewett


Photograph by "julia&keld"

Private Basil Edward HEWETT, S/8668, 3rd Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died, 20th September 1915, of the effects of the gas attack at Hill 60 in the Ypres Salient.

Born at 1890, Marylebone, London, son of Edward E.(deceased) & Mildred Hewett, of 61, Mill Road, Lewisham, London. 

20th June 1890, St Pauls, Lisson Grove, Westminster, baptism of Basil Edward Hewett, son of Edward Edmund, (matress maker), & Mildred Hewett, 86 Balcombe Street.

Brothers George Hewett & Harold Hewett, Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI), Portsmouth.

Enlisted New Cross, Kent, age 18 years & 8 months, height 5ft 2 inches, 109lbs, brown eyes, dark brown hair, anchor, numerous dots & J? left forearm, dot right forearm, scar back of left calf. Formerly farriers mate.

Home, 15th January 1913 to 25th October 1914; BEF, 25th October 1914 to 7th May 1915; Home, 8th May 1915 to 31st August 1915.

15th January 1913, enlisted & posted 3rd Battalion, (Special Reserve), Royal West Kent Regiment; 1913, present for Annual Training; 8th August 1914, mobilized; 26th October 1914, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th March 1915, awarded 28 days Field Punishment No.2.; 7th May 1915, wounded, contusion of shoulder & concussion; 8th May 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th June 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment;

14th July 1915, Medical Report - Disability, adeno carcinoma of rectum; Date of origin of disability, noticed the first symptoms March 1915; Father died of cancer at 45, Patient has a swelling in the rectum - he noticed bleeding from rectum 3 months ago - on examination tumerous is felt one inch from anus - this tumour is proved by the microscope to be cancer; not so caused by active service, climate, or ordinary military service; present condition - a cauliflower tumour one inch from anus, freely moveable - microscopic section shows the tumours to be adeno carcinoma; discharge as permanently unfit.

18th July 1915, discharge approved.

31st August 1915, discharged, no longer physically fit for War Service.

Commemorated at  Lewisham (Ladywell) Cemetery, Screen Wall. D. 3198., United Kingdom.

Note - There are around 100 burials in the War Plot and their names are inscribed on a Screen Wall Memorial located in Plot D which also commemorates those whose graves are located elsewhere in the cemetery but are not marked by headstones.

NOTE: Not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War, but included on CWGC web site.

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