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Hewitt, John Ashton (1923-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: John Ashton Hewitt (1923-1944), born 21 September 1923, son of John Hewitt and Edith E. Hewitt of Rowsley Cottage, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth.


Attended Old Ride Preparatory School, Branksome, Poole.


Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1937-July 1941; House Prefect; 2nd XI cricket (1941); 2nd XI hockey (1941); 3rd XV (1940); Sergeant in ATC; PT Instructor.


Royal Navy (RNVR).


WW2, Acting Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Penelope, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Killed in action at on HMS Penelope at Anzio, Italy, on 18 February 1944, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, Panel 88, Column 1,-john-...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Midshipman J.A. Hewitt came to Sherborne in September 1937, from The Old Ride Preparatory School, Bournemouth, where he was Head Boy. At Sherborne he was a House Prefect and a 2nd XI Cricket Colour. After his preliminary training he was posted to H.M.S. "Penelope", famous amongst other things for the book written about her by her crew. He lost his life when she was sunk off the West Coast of Italy after a vicious air attack.'


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