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Entry for A/Captain John Blewitt




John Henry




53rd Battalion Sikh Regiment

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John Henry Blewitt was born in 1898. The son of Blanche and stepson of Archibald Blewitt, a solicitor, in 1911 he was living with them at Sherborne Cottage, Coleshill and was at school. Lieutenant Blewitt served in the 53rd Sikhs (Frontier Force) and was killed in action on 22 April 1917. Lieutenant Blewitt was mentioned in despatches and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

Mentioned For Distinguished Services. From the "London Gazette" last week we notice that included in the list of officers mentioned by Sir Stanley Maude for distinguished services is the name of Second-Lieutenant J. H. Blewitt (only son of Mrs. A. H. Blewitt and stepson of Mr. A. H. Blewitt, Sherbourne Cottage, Coleshill), who was killed in action while serving with the 53rd Sikhs Frontier force in Mesopotamia. Coleshill Chronicle Saturday, August 17th, 1917.

Coleshill Chronicle 5th May 1917 DEATH OF LIEUTENTANT BLEWITT FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION It is with regret that we report the death of Second-Lieutenant J. H. Blewitt, Indian Army, who died of wounds received in action on April 22nd while serving with H.M. Forces in Mesopotamia. The young officer was 19 years of age, the only son of Mrs A. H. Blewitt, and stepson of Mr A. H. Blewitt, of Sherbourne Cottage, Coleshill. He was educated at Coleshill Grammar School and King Edward’s School, Birmingham, leaving the latter school in July, 1915. He left England in December, 1915, to join the Staff College, Quetta, India, after passing the Sandhurst army entrance examination. Passing out of the Staff College in July, 1916, he joined his regiment, the 53rd Sikhs Frontier Force, in Mesopotamia, at the end of December, 1916. Lieutenant Blewitt took part in the operations which resulted in the fall of Kut and Baghdad. He passed through a most trying experience in the fighting before the Sanni-yat lines of defence, and was actively engaged in the subsequent fighting right up to Samarra. Details of the manner in which this gallant young officer met his death have not yet come to hand. A fine type of England’s manhood, he has done his duty nobly, and given his life for King and country. His quiet, unassuming, but distinguished manner in all her undertook will be a happy memory to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Much sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Blewitt in their great loss.

Coleshill Chronicle 5th May 1917 DEATHS BLEWITT – On the 22nd ult., of wounds received in action, John Henry Blewitt, 2nd Lieutenant, Indian Army. Dearly loved by his mother, Mrs Blanche Ada Blewitt, and by his stepfather, Archibald Hargrave Blewitt, of Sherbourne Cottage, Coleshill.

Lieutenant Blewitt is also remembered on the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial in The Coleshill School.

London Gazette 5th Sept 1916 Pages 8714-5 "The KING has approved the admission of the undermentioned Gentleman Cadets, from the Cadet College, Quetta, to the Unattached List for the Indian Army:- To be Second Lieutenants Dated 29th June 1916 John Henry Blewitt"
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