William Hewett was born at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight in 1795, the son of George Hewett (later Sir George Hewett). Following in his father's footsteps he joined the army as a young man, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In 1815 as a captain in the 13th Foot he fought in the Battle of Waterloo, and according to ‘Townsman’ he was, at the time of his death in 1891, the last surviving officer to have fought in the battle. He was then living at 17 East Park Terrace. Five thousand people attended his funeral, in which he was given full military honours. He is buried in the Old Cemetery on Hill Lane.
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p30. (HS/h)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p124-126. (HS/h)
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