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Cyril Desmond Hewson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cyril Desmond AWMM
  • Surname
    Hewson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Squib AWMM
  • Service number
    1030 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 January 1908 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Terehape, Ngatea RD, Thames Valley, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr William Joseph Hewson (father), 168 Sealey Street, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    1030 AWMM
  • Military service
    3 years Auckland EC Mounted Rifles AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      grey/hazel AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      12 stone 4 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cyril Hewson was the son of William Joseph and Laura Mabel Hewson, of Thames, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Sergeant Hewson and a Free French Officer, Colonel Jean Colonna d'Ornano, were the only fatal casualties in a Long Range Deseret Group raid on a fort at Murzuk, Libya. Shot while standing to fix a jammed Vickers gun.They were initially buried side by side at Murzuk. Later buried at Tripoli. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 January 1941 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    MurzukLibya AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya AWMM 12. B. 21 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Evening Post, 18 January 1941 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Cyril Hewson was my Nana's older brother. I remember the story about him being buried in the desert with a French soldier from my childhood (a long time ago). It is a dream of mine to visit his grave in Tripoli one day...
    Public - Renee Yvonne - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Jopling, F. (2002). Bearded Brigands. Wellington, N.Z.: Ngaio Press. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 81 AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Death notice: 18 January 1941 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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20 April 2015Renee YvonneChristchurch New ZealandOther Relative

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