Dennis George Wyldbore Hewitt VC

Dennis George Wyldbore Hewitt (18/12/1897 – 31/07/1917) Was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 31 July 1917 north-east of Ypres, Belgium

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30284, Page: 9532, reads:

“2nd- Lt. Denis George Wyldbore Hewitt, late Hamps. R.

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of a Company in attack.

When his first objective had been captured he re-organised the Company and moved forward towards his objective. While waiting for the barrage to lift he was hit by a piece of shell, which exploded the signal lights in his haversack, and set fire to his equipment and clothes. Having extinguished the flames, in spite of his wound and the severe pain he was suffering, he led forward the remains of the Company under very heavy machine gun fire, and captured and consolidated his objective. He was subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men.

This gallant Officer set a magnificent example of coolness and contempt of danger to the whole Battalion, and it was due to his splendid leading that the final objective of his Battalion was gained.”

He was subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men.

 

He has no known grave and is commemorated at The Menin Gate Ypres Memorial. Panel 35. 

Menin Gate. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

 

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