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VC23  Sir William Nathan Wrighte Hewett

BORN  12 August 1834

DIED   13 May 1888  AGE   53

VC Won  26 October 1854  AGE 20

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Sir William Nathan Wrighte Hewett   No.             

VC Issue No.   23   Awards   VC   KCB   KCSI

Regiment   Royal Navy, Naval Brigade



Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Vice-Admiral

Place Of Birth   Brighton, Sussex, England

Place Of Death   Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Highland Road Cemetery, Highland Road, Southsea, Hampshire, England


Date Buried/Cremated   17 May 1888

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Second Central, Row 11, Grave 32

Gazetted   05 May 1857

VC Presented   26 June 1857 by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park, London, England


P  Headstone at Highland Road Cemetery, Highland Road, Southsea, Hampshire, England

P  Name on VC memorial Royal Naval and Royal Albert Yacht Club, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire

P  Hewett Close, Tichfield, Hampshire

By The Way…

In 1857 he married a Miss Jane Emily Blackadar

VC Held By

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich



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While in charge of a siege battery before Sebastopol, he was ordered to spike his gun and retreat owing to a heavy Russian sortie. He ignored the order and turned the gun around to pour flanking fire on the enemy thus helping to break up the attack.

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