Thame Remembers 2nd Lieutenant Richard Tuckey Hewer
Richard Tuckey Hewer was born in Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire in 1888 to parents John T and Elizabeth Joan Hewer, of Cumnor Hill, Oxford.
Richard attended Abingdon School 1898 to 1904 and after leaving school he joined a firm of auctioneers with whom he worked as a clerk until he volunteered for active service. He lived at Manor Farm, Appleton, Abingdon, Berkshire.
In April 1918 Mr RossBarker, Classics master at Abingdon School received a letter regarding Richard Tuckey Hewer, which said that at the outbreak of war he was Sergeant in the Berks Yeomanry and called to the colours.
He went with the regiment to Egypt, was there promoted to Sqn Sgt Major. He went with part of the regiment to Gallipoli, and took part (with the Abingdon Troop) in the storming of Burnt Hill.
He fell ill with fever and jaundice and was three months in hospital. After which he came home to take a commission in the regiment, which he rejoined them in Palestine and took part in all the heavy fighting up to and just after the fall of Jaffa. Lieutenant Richard Tuckey Hewer, 1st Btn Berkshire Yeomanry was killed on the 21st November 1917 while “observing” for the artillery.
Richard Tuckey Hewer is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. In Thame he is remembered on the war memorial, and on St Mary’s and All Saints memorial boards.