Joseph Hewitt

Joseph Hewitt

Personal Details

Born in Shocklach, Cheshire in 1896, the eldest son of David and Edith Hewitt of Bradley Brook, Malpas, Cheshire. Joseph had an older step-brother, William Fairbrother.

The 1911 Census shows Joseph as a general farm lad working on Whalebone Farm, Willington, Malpas, Cheshire.

Military Details

Regiment : 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, formerly Labour Corps (223555)
Rank : Private
Service Number : 19241

Killed in action; Belgium 14 October 1918 Aged 22

Medals and Awards
Joseph was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

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Joseph Hewitt — 4 Comments

  1. Joseph Hewitt was my great uncle and his last remaining sibling Prudence Shone died in 2000. He is buried in Dadizeele British Cemetery, Belgium.

    • Thanks for this information Alison. If you click on ‘commemorated’ you will see the cemetery named – glad we got it right ! He is also commemorated locally on both Tushingham and Malpas war memorials.

      • Thank you Suzanne for that additional family information
        Terry Fry
        Volunteer, Whitchurch Museum & Archives

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