Many thanks to Mrs O Bateman who allowed us to scan these lovely postcards. Her father, Tom Whitley was the recipient.
This card was sent to Tom’s sister who was taking care of Florence. It’s addressed to Mrs Williams Jones, Pen y Bryn, Soughton, Nr Mold. and says…
"Dear Sister, Just a few lines hoping you and all are in good health. We are now in the trenches again. The weather is very damp today. Well I have nothing more to tell you. Thanking you for the parcel, from Bro Tom. From Dad to Florence xxxxxxxxxx"
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Sychdyn
Name / Enw: Thomas G Hewitt
Regiment/Catrawd: King’s Own Yorks Lt Infantry 1/4th Btn
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 240230 (formerly 2238)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Tyne Cot Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 108 – 111
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium.
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal 1914 -1920 Victory Medal 1914-1919 1914-15 Star
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 14th April 1918
Thomas George Hewitt was born in Mynydd Isa in 1886. So far we have not identified him on a census return.
He married Annie Bateman from Sychdyn in 1911. (Qtr September 1911, District Holywell, Vol 11b, page 340). Their daughter Florence was born on Christmas Day in 1911. Tragically Annie collapsed and died whilst travelling on a tram in Liverpool (her sister lived in Liverpool), on 17th May 1913. She was just 26 years old. Florence was 2 and a half years old. Annie was buried in Northop Churchyard.
UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental detais at the top of this page and adds that he Thomas Hewit enlisted in Doncaster. (His brother lived in Doncaster). This source tells us he was killed in action. His Medal Index Card also on Ancestry, lists his medals and states that he entered his first theatre of war on 13th April 1915 in France.
His sister Margaret Jones, took care of Florence.
The Register of Soldier’s Effects in which the army calculated monies owed to deceased soldiers, lists Thomas Hewitt and states that he was killed in action in Belgium. The total sum of £35..10sh..3d was paid to his child Florence.
Thomas George and his wife Annie are commemorated on a family gravestone in Northop cemetery as follows:
In Loving Memory of Annie
Beloved wife of
Thomas George Hewitt of Soughton
Who died May 17th 1913.
‘In the midst of life we are in death’
Also the above named
Thomas George Hewitt
Who was killed in action in France
April 14th 1918
‘Duty Nobly Done’