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Lieutenant Gordon Hughes Hewitt, 2nd Battalion, The Price of Wales' Volunteers (South Lancashire

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Gordon Hughes Hewitt, 2nd Battalion, The Prince of Wales’ Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment), was killed in action on the Western Front. A recipient of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) for gallantry in the retirement from Mons, he was the son of Major Percy H. Hewitt, 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers), and related to General Gordon of Khartoum. Educated at Victoria College in Jersey, he entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich as a Sandhurst cadet in 1911, going on to Sandhurst the following year, and receiving his commission in the South Lancashire Regiment in 1913. He had raised at his own expense the first Cyclist Corps in the army, for which he received the honorary title of Major. At the first Battle of the Aisne, on the 19th of September, his company was ordered to dislodge the enemy, which they did at bayonet point. However, Lieutenant Hewitt was hit by shrapnel – on arrival at the field hospital it was discovered that a bullet was lodged in his spine, causing paralysis from the waist down. He was sent to the Base Hospital at Versailles, where he seemed to be in recovery, but sadly died five days later. He was buried with full military honours in the Les Gonards Cemetery in Versailles, the inscription on his grave reads “Glad did I live, and gladly die.” Gordon, from Kensington, was 22 years old.

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