Thomas Cotgrave HEWITT

Thomas Cotgrave Hewitt Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Wingen NSW
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Science Master
Enlisted
17-April-1915
Place
Toowoomba
Age
33
Status
Single
Service No
N/N
Rank
Lieutenant
Unit
26th Battalion, A Company
Embarked
24-May-1915
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Highest rank
Captain
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Killed in action
Date
29-July-1916
Place
Pozieres Heights, France
Cemetery or Memorial
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School Roll of Honour, St Luke’s Anglican Church Toowoomba Honour Board and The Toowoomba Club Honour Board.

 

Thomas Hewitt was promoted to Captain in Egypt in April 1915. He served at Gallipoli from September to December and arrived in France in March 1916. He was killed in action in July while leading an attack on German trenches at Pozieres Heights. His body was never recovered. 

 

After the war Thomas Hewitt's mother wrote about his death: "On the first night he led his men into action and tho’ twice wounded crept ahead. The entanglements were uncut and a treacherous order to “Retire” was given by a German, but he calling loudly “No such word, follow me” was shot through the head. He was much beloved by his men, many of whom died too. His body was never recovered but these particulars were given by the few survivors."

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