Friday, 19 December 2014

Lazarus Hewitt 1887-1916

Lazarus, Maria and Lilian Hewitt in 1914 (photo from CW)
17th or 18th October 1887 in Barnsley

Son of:
Job Hewitt b. 1857 in Barnsley d.1928 aged 70

1911: 51 Winn Street, Bricklayer
married at St George's Church, Barnsley on 14 May 1883
Mary Jane (nee Cooper) b. 1856 in Barnsley d.1930 aged 74

Position in family: The third of 6 children plus two half-brothers
1. George Henry Ibbeson (later Hewitt) b.1877 (half brother)

2. Walter Ibbeson (later Hewitt) b. 1879 (half brother)

1. Elizabeth b.1884
2. Mark b.1886  WW1 Served
3. Lazarus b.1887  WW1 KILLED
4. Hannah (Annie) Maria b. 1889
5. Albert Ernest Hewitt b.1894 m Ruby Carter in 1914 at St John's
6. Beatrice b. 1896 m James Arthur Ogley (WW1 Served) in 1914 at St John's

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 3 California Gardens age 3
1901: (Lazarus not found) family at 3 California Gardens
1911: 51 Winn Street, age 23, a Glasshand at a Glass Bottle Works
1914: 12 Albion Terrace 26 years 349 days Labourer


Lazarus was married at St John's Barnsley on 25 December 1911
to Maria Burkinshaw b.1890 in Barnsley

1. Lilian Hewitt b. 30 October 1913 Barnsley

Military Service:
Enlisted: 1 October 1914 at the age of 26 years 349 days
Regiment and Battalion:    13th York and Lancaster Regiment (1st Barnsley Pals)

Service number and rank:  13/415 Private 
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal information:   5' 4" tall, 37" chest, 142lbs, Brown eyes, Dark complexion, Dark Brown hair, Religion: Church of England

Death:     8 December 1916 age 29
Buried at:   Hebuterne Military Cemetery
Grave Reference: I. H. 21.

St John's Church, Barnsley - Oak Memorial Tablet  (lost when the church was demolished)

Photo and additional information kindly provided by Christine Watson, granddaughter of Maria Watson (late Hewitt, formerly Burkinshaw).

Lazarus's death was reported in the Barnsley Independent on 6 January 1917.

The Fallen Brave, A Battalion Pal
Private L. Hewitt, 55, Buckley Street, Barnsley, whose name is added to the lengthy list of gallant local lads who have fallen on the field of battle, was a very popular young fellow, and his death is deeply felt by his soldier chums, and all with whom he had come into contact.  He was a good, willing worker and a throughly efficient soldier, observed his Company Commander in the course of high tribute to the deceased hero, who, he also points out, fell on the 8th ult, whilst on duty at an advanced post which the enemy shelled, Pte Hewitt being struck by a piece of shell and killed instantly.  Deceased had been in France ten months and before joining the Forces worked at Wombwell Foundry.  He leaves a wife and one child.

Maria Hewitt remarried to Thomas Watson (WW1 Served) on 22 February 1919 at St George's Church, Barnsley.  They went on to have three children together, Doris, Donald and Albert.

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