Brothers Died in the Great War

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    This section of the Long, Long Trail originally developed from a discussion some years ago at the Great War Forum. This concerned the question of how many sets of brothers served in the British Army (including the Commonwealth forces) and who are known to have died on the same day. Names added to that discussion formed the first core of this list. Since then more have been contributed and sent to me directly.

    Brothers Died in the Great War – The Long, Long Trail
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  2. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    I noted in the link the three Hewitt brothers who died during the Great War, two whom were killed on 1st July 1916 at the Somme:
    Holt, 29, a Lieutenant with 109th Machine Gun Company, and William Hewitt, 23, Second Lieutenant with the 9th (Service) Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Sons of James and Jeannie Hewitt of Altamont, Bangor, County Down. Holt is buried in Mill Road Cemetery, not far from the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing where William is commemorated. They had already lost a brother, Lieutenant Ernest Jewitt who went missing 15-16 June 1915 while serving with the 4th Battalion, the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He also has no known grave and is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial. A fourth brother survived.

    Some further family background here about the Hewitts can be found here:
    Hewitt, Ernest Henry | North Down & Ards War Dead

    The reason to highlight this family is that their nephew, Lt Basil Hewitt, the son of the fourth brother noted above, served with the 6th Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers in Tunisia/Italy in 1943 - being awarded the MC at Centurpe and then being killed 75 years ago yesterday, 3rd November 1943, during the attack on San Salvo north of the Trigno river near the Adriatic coast of Italy.

    Some more about Basil Hewitt here:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - One of the Best Subalterns in the Brigade

    basil hewitt.jpg

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