John Leonard Hewitson

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Leonard
Last Name: 
Hewitson
Mother's Name: 
Annie (nee Buchanan)
Father's Name: 
Peter Hewitson
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, September 14, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
6th Light Horse
Company: 
B Squadron
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
M I D
Date of Death: 
Thursday, February 16, 1961
Details: 

Sergeant John Hewitson (Service no. 269) was born in Casino circa 1889 and at enlistment was a single 25 year old shearer living in Wollongong.

He embarked on HMAT A29 Suevic on 21st December, 1914 with D troop, B Squadron 6th Light Horse. After training in Egypt he went to Gallipoli, arriving on 15th May, 1915 and saw service there until he was evacuated sick on 3rd September, 1915. He was sent to hospital in England for treatment on 28th September, 1915.

John returned to Egypt in March, 1916 and saw service in the Middle East, however, he had numerous admissions to hospital with illness. On 4th April, 1917 he was promoted to Sergeant. He was admitted to hospital seriously ill with influenza and paralysis and was returned to Australia in April, 1919. He was discharged medically unfit with Myalitis on 18th September, 1919. On 16th January, 1918 he was mentioned in Dispatches for Distinguished Service with Military Operations. John's brother Archibald Hewitson (Service no. 948) also served with the 6th Light Horse. 

In 1936 John married Gertrude Preston Harris at Paddington. He died at Concord Hospital on 16th February, 1961.

John Hewitson is remembered on the Wollongong Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HEWITSON J L 269
NAA: A8233, 20/ROOKWOOD [NSW]/HEWITSON JOHN LEONARD

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