General Sir George Hewett was born in 1750 in Leicestershire. He spent his entire working life in the British army serving in India, North America, the West Indies and Ireland. He achieved the rank of general in c.1800 and was created a baronet in 1818. He retired to Freemantle House in 1822, where he died in 1840. He was buried in the catacombs of St James's Church, Shirley and a memorial was erected in the church of St Nicholas, Millbrook. Sir George's Road and Hewitt's Road in Freemantle were named after the general, the latter perpetuating a common spelling error. His son William also lived in Southampton.
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p30. (HS/h)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p124-126. (HS/h)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 26
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