Remembering November

Most cities, towns and villages proudly display memorials to the fallen.

The following is an extract taken from a roll call of honour from The Old Malthouse, a school in Dorset.

When his first objective had been captured he reorganised the company and moved forward towards his objective. While waiting for the barrage to lift, he was hit by a piece of shell, which exploded the signal lights in his haversack and set fire to his equipment and clothes. Having extinguished the flames, in spite of his wound and the severe pain he was suffering, he led forward the remains of the company under very heavy machine gun fire, and captured and consolidated his objective, He was subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men. This gallant officer set a magnificent example of coolness and contempt of danger to the whole battalion, and it was due to his splendid leadership that the final objective of his battalion was gained.

Denis Hewitt was killed at Ypres.

He was only 19.

For his bravery, Denis was awarded the Victoria Cross.

We’ve all seen the pictures of the hellish First World War – the trenches with their slimy mud, soldiers carrying a comrade to safety – wherever that might be. Those images are mere snapshots into a hell we cannot begin to comprehend.

November is our time to remember the fallen in any conflict, an ever growing number.