9 March 1917: Pte Edmund Hewitt, 1/5th King's Own (Ryl Lancaster) Regt.

A weaver from Burnley, married with two young sons

Married to Caroline on 8 August 1914, Edmund Hewitt was living at 27 Milton Street, Burnley, Lancashire, when he enlisted in September 1916. He was a member of Burnley’s Lads Club and a weaver a Kippax and Redman. 

His WWI Medical Record gives him as 5ft 5 ¼ and weighing 8 stone (or a little under 51 kg).

Edmund went out to France via Folkestone the week before Christmas on 14 December arriving in Etaples on the 16th.

42635 Pte Edmund Hewitt, 1/5th King's Own (Ryl Lancaster) Regt.

Killed in action on 9 March 1917, he is now buried in Vlamertinghe Military CemeteryAt the time of his death he had two young sons Edmund (2) and Herbert (1).

David O’Mara with additional research by Jonathan Vernon