ID WW2_OKH

TitleOwen Kitchener Hewes - Royal Engineers
AbstractWW2 Memorial Profiles for West Mersea

OWEN KITCHENER HEWES
Sapper 2129266
752 Field Coy, Royal Engineers
Killed 18 June 1941 while disarming a mine during preparations for surveying at Bradwell. He was 26. Buried Barfield Road Cemetery, grave 887.
Attended West Mersea School
Commemorated West Mersea War Memorial and plaque in West Mersea School

Owen Kitchener Hewes was the youngest son of Henry (Harry) and Sarah Hewes née Rudlin. He had 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Owen's father died in 1919 and his mother in 1922, leaving him an orphan - he lived with his brother Hector until he left school and then he went to live in Chichester with his married sister Louisa (Mrs Gant). He was with her until he joined the Army.

His eldest sister Kate (Mrs Young) was killed earlier in 1941 in a London Air Raid.

18 June 1941 at 11.00. No. 2127462 L/Cop Williams F.F. and No. 2129226 Sapper Hewes O.K. killed while disarming mine preparatory to surveying at T...well, Essex.

28 June 1941
It is with regret we record the death of Sapper Owen Kitchener Hewes, of the Royal Engineers. "Tich" as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, was a Mersea lad of 26 years of age and his death was the result of an accident. The news came as a greater shock to his brothers and sisters because his eldest sister Kate (Mrs Young) was killed in a "blitz" on London a few weeks ago. She was buried in the ruins of a house which caught fire, and she was burned to death.

The family have suffered many vicissitudes. Ten children were left orphans. The father, Mr Harry Hewes, died when they were quite young. When deceased, the youngest of them was only six years of age the mother dropped down dead. "Tich" lived with his elder brother, Hector, for a few years, until he was 14, and then he went to live with a married sister, Louisa (Mrs Gant), and was there with her at Chichester until he joined the Army. There are two other brothers in the forces, one in the Essex Regiment and the other in the Air Force, to which the elder brother, who is registered, expects a call at any time.
Another sister, Violet, has been bombed out of her home and is staying with her sister, Mrs R. Cutts, here at West Mersea.

The funeral took place at West Mersea Cemetery on Tuesday amid tokens of deep respect. The chief mourners were brothers Hector, Norman, Lewis and Leonard, and sisters Louisa, Violet and Hilda ...

Owen Kitchener "Tich" Hewes - Barfield Road Cemetery, West Mersea
His life a beautiful memory
His death a silent grief.

SourceMersea Museum
IDWW2_OKH
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 2129266 Sapper
 Owen Kitchener Hewes
 Royal Engineers
 Died 18 June 1941 Aged 26.
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His life a beautiful memory
 His death a silent grief.
</p><p>Barfield Road Cemetery, grave 887.  CEM_BFD_0887_002
ImageID:   CEM_BFD_0887_002
Title: 2129266 Sapper
Owen Kitchener Hewes
Royal Engineers
Died 18 June 1941 Aged 26.

His life a beautiful memory
His death a silent grief.

Barfield Road Cemetery, grave 887.

Date:19 September 2019
Source:Mersea Museum / Tony Millatt
 Owen Kitchener 'Tich' Hewes worked in a shipyard in Chichester. Owen believes 'Tich' was killed by a mine in the River Blackwater on a part of the river that had been previously swept.
</p><p>Sapper, 752 Field Coy., Royal Engineers. Killed 18 June 1941 buried Barfield Road Cemetery plot 887. Son of Harry and Sarah Jane Hewes, of West Mersea. [cwgc.org]  FL07_004_001
ImageID:   FL07_004_001
Title: Owen Kitchener 'Tich' Hewes worked in a shipyard in Chichester. Owen believes 'Tich' was killed by a mine in the River Blackwater on a part of the river that had been previously swept.

Sapper, 752 Field Coy., Royal Engineers. Killed 18 June 1941 buried Barfield Road Cemetery plot 887. Son of Harry and Sarah Jane Hewes, of West Mersea. [cwgc.org]

Date:c1941
Source:Mersea Museum / Owen Fletcher Collection
 It is with regret we record the death of Sapper Owen Kitchener Hewes, of the Royal Engineers. Tich as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, was a Mersea lad of 26 years of age and his death was the result of an accident. The news came as a greater shock to his brothers and sisters because his eldest sister Kate (Mrs Young) was killed in a blitz on London a few weeks ago. She was buried in the ruins of a house which caught fire, and she was burned to death.
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The family have suffered many vicissitudes. Ten children were left orphans. The father, Mr Harry Hewes, died when they were quite young. When deceased, the youngest of them was only six years of age the mother dropped down dead. Tich lived with his elder brother, Hector, for a few years, until he was 14, and then he went to live with a married sister, Louisa (Mrs Gant), and was there with her at Chichester until he joined the Army. There are two other brothers in the forces, one in the Essex Regiment and the other in the Air Force, to which the elder brother, who is registered, expects a call at any time.
 Another sister, Violet, has been bombed out of her home and is staying with her sister, Mrs R. Cutts, here at West Mersea.
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The funeral took place at West Mersea Cemetery on Tuesday amid tokens of deep respect. The chief mourners were brothers Hector, Norman, Lewis and Leonard, and sisters Louisa, Violet and Hilda ...
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West Mersea. Death of Sapper O.K. Hewes
 The funeral took place on Tuesday of Sapper Owen Kitchener Hewes, aged 26, who met with a tragic accident the previous Wednesday when engaged in military duties. Hewes, who comes of a well-known Mersea family, was one of a family of ten, his mother dying when he was six years of age, his father having died previously. He made his home with an elder brother until he left school, when he went to live with a married sister at Chichester, from where he joined the Army. His tragic death has been a great shock to his brothers and sisters who have only recently suffered another bereavement through enemy action. The funeral on Tuesday was escorted by an officer and men of the Royal Engineers ...
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Title: It is with regret we record the death of Sapper Owen Kitchener Hewes, of the Royal Engineers. "Tich" as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, was a Mersea lad of 26 years of age and his death was the result of an accident. The news came as a greater shock to his brothers and sisters because his eldest sister Kate (Mrs Young) was killed in a "blitz" on London a few weeks ago. She was buried in the ruins of a house which caught fire, and she was burned to death.

The family have suffered many vicissitudes. Ten children were left orphans. The father, Mr Harry Hewes, died when they were quite young. When deceased, the youngest of them was only six years of age the mother dropped down dead. "Tich" lived with his elder brother, Hector, for a few years, until he was 14, and then he went to live with a married sister, Louisa (Mrs Gant), and was there with her at Chichester until he joined the Army. There are two other brothers in the forces, one in the Essex Regiment and the other in the Air Force, to which the elder brother, who is registered, expects a call at any time.
Another sister, Violet, has been bombed out of her home and is staying with her sister, Mrs R. Cutts, here at West Mersea.

The funeral took place at West Mersea Cemetery on Tuesday amid tokens of deep respect. The chief mourners were brothers Hector, Norman, Lewis and Leonard, and sisters Louisa, Violet and Hilda ...

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West Mersea. Death of Sapper O.K. Hewes
The funeral took place on Tuesday of Sapper Owen Kitchener Hewes, aged 26, who met with a tragic accident the previous Wednesday when engaged in military duties. Hewes, who comes of a well-known Mersea family, was one of a family of ten, his mother dying when he was six years of age, his father having died previously. He made his home with an elder brother until he left school, when he went to live with a married sister at Chichester, from where he joined the Army. His tragic death has been a great shock to his brothers and sisters who have only recently suffered another bereavement through enemy action. The funeral on Tuesday was escorted by an officer and men of the Royal Engineers ...

Date:28 June 1941
Source:Mersea Museum / Owen Fletcher