Edward John "Ted" Hewings
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- Collection of archival material pertaining to Private Edward John "Ted" Hewings of Brantford, Ontario, who was killed in action in Italy on 21 April 1944. Material is listed in chronological order.
2017PF001.011: Paper copy of a black and white photograph of Maud Satchwell and Mark Henry Hewings on their wedding day.
2017PF001.009: Paper copy of a black and white photograph depicting the Hewings family at Christmas circa 1936. Mark Henry (father) is standing in the back to the left, Henry Mark (elder son) is standing in the back centre, Edward John “Ted” is standing in the middle to the right, in front on the left is Eileen Annie Matilda, and the youngest Sarah Elizabeth is sitting on her mother, Maud’s knee, who is seated in the front.
2017PF001.008: Paper certification from the Brantford Board of Education to Edward Hewings recognizing that passed his course in Motor Mechanics at the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School during the 1939-1940 season.
2017PF001.007: Paper Canadian National Telegram sent by the Director of Records in Ottawa, Ontario to Mrs Maud Hewings, informing her that her son was killed in action on 21 April 1944, dated 29 April 1944.
2017PF001.006: Paper copy of a carbon copy of the certificate of death of Edward John Hewings, signed by C.L. Laurin Colonel, Director of Records, of the Department of National Defence, dated 26 May 1944.
2017PF001.002: A copy of a card addressed from Buckingham Palace from King George VI, offering sympathies to the Hewings family, with a black and white photograph of Ted Hewings on the right. He is depicted in uniform standing in front of a car, with pine trees in the background, dated between 1943 and 1944.
2017PF001.013: Paper pamphlet titled “In Memoriam: The Perth Regiment 4th September 1939 to 8th May 1945”. The pamphlet contains a Roll of Honour, listing the men of that regiment who fell in action. Private Hewings, of the B Military District in Canada, regimental number 133831, is listed on page seven, along with Private Griffin of Glen Morris.
2017PF001.001: One-page paper letter and an associated envelope addressed to Maud Hewings, mother of Edward John Hewings, from the War Service Records Director, F. B. Rading, dated 12 February 1948. Enclosed was a photograph (2017PF001.001c) of the grave and marker over the burial of her son, located at grave 7, row H, plot 5, Cassino Military Cemetery, in Cassino, Italy. Note that the letter was free, and paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
2017PF001.003: Paper card of a headstone template given by the Imperial War Graves Commission to the family of Ted Hewings, to include their requested inscription on the gravestone. On the reverse, the following message is handwritten in black ink: “In loving memory of our son who was killed in action in Italy” followed by “In loving memory of our son and brother” with “killed in action in Italy” crossed through.
2017PF001.005: Paper card from the Imperial War Grave Commission in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England informing the Hewings family that the permanent headstone for Private Hewings had been erected as of 11 March 1953 at the Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.
2017PF001.004: Paper envelope and associated letter from C. B. Fuller, Secretary-General of the Imperial War Graves Commission Canadian Agency located in Ottawa, Ontario, addressed to Mrs. M. Hewings, inviting the family to the unveiling ceremony of the Cassino Memorial on 30 September 1956 at the Cassino War Cemetery.
2017PF001.012: Collection of colour photographs of Ron Bauman of Ayr, Ontario visiting the grave of Edward John Hewings on 3 May 2013 at the Cassino War Cemetery in Cassino, Italy. Ron Bauman, a family friend of the Hewings', placed the framed letter from King George VI and a hand tinted photograph of Ted (original of 2017PF001.002) and a Canadian flag in front of his grave.
2017PF001.014.01: Paper document signed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs presenting a Memorial Bar to the family of Private Hewings to attach his military decorations (2017PF001.015-19).
2017PF001.014.02: Defence Medal awarded to Edward John Hewings.
2017PF001.014.03: Canadian Volunteer Service Medal awarded to Edward John Hewings.
2017PF001.014.04: Italy Star awarded to Edward John Hewings.
2017PF001.014.05: War Medal 1939-45 awarded to Edward John Hewings.
2017PF001.014.06: 1939-45 Star awarded to Edward John Hewings.
2017PF001.015: A brown circular identification disc with a circular hole near the top, stamped with "B133831 PTE. E. J. Hewings UNCCDN". B133831 was Private Edward John Hewings' regimental number, and "UNCCDN" indicates the soldier's religion and country: United Church, and Canadian. There are no markings on the reverse. Each soldier had two identification tags: one green and one red. Red identification disc were removed from the bodies of soldiers who were killed in action, and given to their Commanding Officer. The green identification disc were kept with the body at all times.
- Edward John Hewings was born 4 March 1922 in Brantford, Ontario to Maud (Satchwell) and Mark Henry Hewings. The family lived at 8 Tom Street in Brantford, Ontario. Nicknamed Ted, he had three other siblings: Henry Mark (eldest son), Eileen Annie Matilda (eldest daughter), and Sarah Elizabeth (youngest child). Ted attended the Bellview Public School, and the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School from 1939-1940, where he obtained a certification in Motor Mechanics. Afterwards, he apprenticed under his father to become a tailor, after his father had opened a tailoring business in Brantford.
On 6 October 1942, he enlisted as a private in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He attended basic training in Peterborough, Ontario from October to November 1942, proceeding to advanced training at Camp Borden, Ontario from November 1942 to February 1943. He continued training at Woodstock, Ontario, and completed a course in driver mechanics on 28 May 1943. He volunteered to join the 48th Highlanders to be sent overseas, and disembarked in England on 24 June 1944. He was later transferred to the Perth Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, and joined the Allied Forces in Italy on 4 March 1944, on his twenty-second birthday. In the spring of 1944, the regiment had moved from Ortona, and went over Monte Cassino. It was there where Ted was killed in action by German artillery fire on 21 April 1944, and was buried at Cassino War Cemetary, in Cassino, Italy. For his service, he was awarded the Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, Italy Star, War Medal 1939-1945, and 1939-45 Star.
Private Harold Griffin of Glen Morris also served in the Perth Regiment in the same Military District as Ted.
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- Hewing, Edward John "Ted"
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- Patricia L. French
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- Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.001.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.002.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.003.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.004.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.005.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.006.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.007.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.008.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.009.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.011.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.012.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.013.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.014.
Edward John "Ted" Hewings, Patricia L. French. 2017PF001.015.
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