Hewitt, Peter

Peter Hewitt was born in Rhyl, Flintshire during February 1897.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 9 Ty Newydd Terrace, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Peter Hewitt aged 44, who was employed as a Labourer.  His wife Mary Hewitt aged 53, a Cook and their 5 (five) children – Bertha Hewitt aged 21, a Tobacconist’s Assistant, John Hewitt aged 18, a Farm Labourer, Frank Hewitt aged 16, a Golf Caddie, Peter Hewitt aged 14, a Golf Caddie and Gertrude Hewitt aged 6 years.  (Both Frank and Peter were employed at Rhyl Golf Club.

Following the outbreak of the First World War, Peter enlisted initially with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at the Recruitment Centre, Rhyl and was given the service number 1395.  He later transferred to the South Wales Borderers.

The regiment records refers to an incident which occurred on Monday 1 January 1917, when two soldiers were killed and eleven wounded of 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers when cleaning grenades.  One of the soldiers killed was Private 13755 Stanley Cook. It is suspected, but not confirmed that the other was Peter Hewitt. There are no other South Wales Borderers soldiers other than Private Cook buried in Amara War Cemetery with a date of death of 1 January 1917. The next death recorded after this date was Private Hewitt, who as previously stated died of wounds.

On 15 May 1917, a payment of £3.9s.11d was made by the War Office to Mr Peter Hewitt, being monies owed to his son Peter.  On 20 October 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3.0s.0d was also made to him.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for Peter Hewitt at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire.

He is remembered on a Remembrance Plaque at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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