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Hewitt R M     Pte    2661

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Sergeant Rupert Hewitt, The Herald 24 Oct 2016


Hewitt R M     Pte    2661    Rupert Morton              24 Inf Bn    26    Clerk    Single    C of E       

Address:    Essendon, Wright St, 15 "Taleri"  

Next of Kin:    Hewitt, Joseph, father, "Taleri",  15 Wright St, Essendon   

Enlisted:    24 May 1915       

Embarked:     A38 Ulysses 27 Oct 1915   


Relatives on Active Service:

Hewitt-W-M-Staff-Nurse   sister

Hewitt , Lieutenant Ernest, Commonwealth Military Forces, Sydney, brother


Date of death: 11/07/1916  (Sgt)

CWGC: "Son of Joseph and Emma Alice Hewitt, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia".



The death occurred, at the Australian Hospital on 11th inst., from gunshot wounds received in France, of Sergeant Rupert Morton Hewitt (A.I.F.) The deceased, who was a popular young fellow and 27 years of age, was the younger son of Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Emma A. Hewitt, and brother of Misses Constance and Winnifred Wright (sic), of "Taleri,'" Wright st., Essendon. He is also a brother of Lieutenant Ernest Wright (sic), of the Commonwealth Military Forces, Sydney. The cabled news says, "Dear Rupert died, gloriously; buried military honours."


WITH THE COLOURS. (1916, July 27). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved October 13, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74593603


HEWITT.-On 11th July, at Australian Hospital, from gunshot wounds in France, Rupert Morton (Sergeant A.I.F.). dearly loved younger son of Joseph and Emma A. Hewitt, loved brother of Ernest (Lieutenant, Commonwealth Military Forces, Sydney), Constance and Winnifred, "Taleri," Wright street, Essendon; aged 27 years. Cabled-"Dear Rupert died gloriously; buried military honours. Beloved, it is well.


Family Notices. (1916, July 27). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved February 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74593579


Wounds received by Sergeant Rupert M. Hewitt. 27, formerly of Essendon,
have proved fatal. He died in the Australian Hospital In France, on July 11.

He was educated at the Essendon State school, South Melbourne College,
and the Melbourne University, and prior, to enlisting was employed In the
A.U.S.N. Company's office.


LIFE GIVEN IN FRANCE (1916, October 24). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 1. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242390312


Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiries Bureau Correspondence

D/W 11.7.1916

I knew Sgt Hewitt; his initials were R M and his number 2661.  He was in B.VI.  Whilst in London I was told by several Sgts including Sgt K R Jarvie, that they had seen him blown to bits by a shell in July, about the 25th.  They said they saw it happen and were quite sure it was he.  I do not know if he was buried.

Reference:  Sgt L C O'Connor 2501 (Reliable witness)
18 Gen
Etaples 23.10.16

I saw him badly wounded in the trench at Messines.  A shell hit the dug-out and wounded several others as well. He lay there for a day.  We couldn't get him down the communication trench by daylight, but I took him down to the C/S next night.  I do not know what became of him afterwards.

Reference:  Cpl Brown 1021  C Coy
Etaples 3.11.16

Sergt W Mills of the same battalion, B co, now with his unit knows particulars about Hewitt.

Informant: L/Cpl G A Wardle 2470
5th Australians, B Co
No 1 Gen Hos, Etretat

Written Sgt Mills 28.4.16

I saw him wounded at Messines on 27.6.16/  His arm was badly shattered by H E while he was in the trench.  The arm had to be amputated and he died 3 days later.  I do not know where he is buried.

Reference Sgt J Milroy 339, B Co
Etaples 24.11.16

He belonged to D Co.  I saw him after he had been wounded early in July at Messines, during the bombardment.  a shell had burst near him, and badly wounded him.  He was lying on the stretcher when I saw him.  I heard next morning he had died of wounds.  He must be buried in the cemetery at Messines.
Reference:  Pte J Fanning 2630 C Co
No 1 ADBD, Etaples

Informant states that about the middle of July 1916 at Messines Ridge, Sgt Hewitt was wounded in the chest by a shell.  It was about midnight.  I saw him the next day lying in a dugout.  He was taken to the dressing station at Messines, about 23rd July.  I heard that he had died at Etaples, and he would probably be buried there

Information  Cpl E C Cross 2594
7th AIF
Colmore Rd, Hospt
King's Heath
Home address: Barr St, Gungamah, Vic

This sergeant was badly wounded in the shoulder the same morning as myself, but I have heard or seen nothing of him since I was taken out of the trenches on 26th June 1916.  I have heard that he died of wounds, but I cannot find anybody who can say so officially.

Reference:  Kenneth R Jarvie, Sergt
7th Batt B Coy
No 1 Group, Worgret Camp
Wareham  22.12.16

I knew Sgt Hewitt but no personally, he was wounded badly in the shoulder and arm at Messines Road between the 25/6/16 and29/6/16.  I heard some time after he was wounded that he had lost his arm and not long after that I heard he died.  You asked me for a short description of him.  I will do my best.  Rube Hewitt was in B Coy, 7th Batt, AIF and was Lance Sergeant.  He was tall, about 5 ft 11 ins, dark, rather well built.  I would take him to be about 23 years of age.

Cert by letter from Sgt W A Hills, 386
7th Batt AIF
Norfolk War Hospital
Thorpe, Norwich




BOB SNAPE'S DIARY & LETTERS, from July 1915 to July 1919.


14 September 1916:  "I was very sorry to hear about Rupert Hewitt: he was such a nice fellow, too. They presented ones with a medal but I don’t know what he did to deserve it."



War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

Christ Church Roll of Honour

Essendon State School

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour DOW


In Memoriam


HEWITT -In loving remembrance of Rupert Mor-  
ton (Sgt, AIF) who died of wounds at the   
Wimmereaux Hospital, France, 11th July 1916,    
younger son of Joseph and Emma A Hewitt,
He died as few men get the chance,
Fighting to save a world's morality   
He died the noblest death a man may die 
And such a death is immortality.

The Argus 11 July 1917



No further In Memoriam notices in The Argus  to 1920

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