DUNKRIK VETERAN’S DEATH
The death occurred on Monday of Mr Rupert Ivor Hewlett, 1 Synehurst Crescent, Badsey, aged 49. Mr Hewlett, who was a native of Oxfordshire, joined the Navy when 17 years of age and saw active service during the latter end of the 1914-1918 war. After five years’ service, he was placed on reserve and in July 1939 had completed 22 years’ service including reserve service in the navy, but he rejoined for a further five years on the naval reserve. In August 1939 he was recalled to the colours and took part in the evacuation of our troops from Dunkirk and in convoys to and from Canada. Upon his discharge in 1942 Mr Hewlett returned to his old employment on the Great Western Railway by whom he was employed during the whole of his civilian life, of later years working at both Evesham and Littleton & Badsey stations. In March 1925 he married Miss Nora Ballard, eldest daughter of Mr & the late Mrs C Ballard of Brewers Lane, Badsey. For several years he had been a member of the Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford branch of the British Legion. He is survived by his widow, three sons and one daughter. The funeral took place at Badsey yesterday.