MM GV (56730 Cpl. E. Hewins. 2/Nth’d: Fus:) Battalion number officially corrected;
QSA (6) Cape Colony, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Wittebergen (9061 Dr. E. Hewins. R.H.A.) number officially corrected;
KSA (2) (9061 Dvr. E. Hewins. R.H.A.) the QSA and KSA both later issues
MM LG 2 April 1918.
Edward Hewins was born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, in 1876 and attested for the Devonshire Regiment at Cheltenham on 21 January 1895, having previously served in the 4th (Militia) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery on 1 April 1895 and served with them in India from 14 October 1897 to 17 December 1898, and in South Africa during the Boer War from 15 November 1899 to 28 January 1903. He was convicted of stealing money from a comrade on 19 December 1904, and was discharged in disgrace on 12 January 1905, forfeiting all his service and Queen’s South Africa and King’s South Africa Medals from the Boer War.
Following the outbreak of the Great War Hewins attested for the Gloucestershire Regiment, and served with the 7th Battalion during the Great War in the Gallipoli theatre of War from 19 September 1915. Transferring to the Northumberland Fusiliers, he was advanced Acting Sergeant, and was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving on the Western Front with the 2nd Battalion. He was discharged Class ‘Z’ Reserve following the cessation of hostilities; his Queen’s South Africa and King’s South Africa Medals were restored to him in April 1921.
MM GV (23 Sjt. T. H. Brown. R. Can: Dns.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4475 Pte. T. Brown. 7/D. Gds:);
KSA (2) (4475 Pte. T. Brown. 7/D. Gds:);
AGS 1902 (1) Somaliland 1902-04 (4475 Pte. T. Brown 7/D. Gds:);
1914-15 Star (23 Cpl. T. H. Brown. R. Can: Dns:) the number 3 appearing impressed as an inverted 2;
BWM (23 Sjt. T. H. Brown. R.C.D.);
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MM London Gazette 14 May 1919.
Thomas Henry Brown was born in 1880 in South Bermondsey, Surrey and attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment at Hertford on 12 September 1898. He was immediately transferred to the 7th Dragoon Guards and served with them during the Boer War in South Africa from February 1900. Remaining in South Africa after the conclusion of hostilities he was posted to Somaliland in January 1903 and served there until July, taking part in the expedition against Muhammed bin Abdullah under Brigadier General W. H. Manning. He returned to England for 9 months and, having extended his service, was reposted to the 5th Dragoon Guards. Embarking for South Africa once more in May 1904, he remained there until December 1908, and returning home was discharged in September 1910 after 12 years with the colours, his conduct being described as exemplary.
Brown served during the Great War with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He advanced to Sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal. The Royal Canadian Dragoons disembarked in France on 5 May 1915 and fought dismounted in an infantry role as part of Seely's Detachment with the 1st Canadian Division. The regiment remounted on 24 January 1916 and returned to its cavalry role as part of the 1st Canadian Cavalry Brigade, continuing to fight in France and Flanders until the end of the war.