HEWITT, G C

Display Number:  0212  
Name:  Hewitt  G C
Rank:  Leading Signalman Service Number:  
Date Joined:   Date Discharged:  

Leading Signalman Hewitt served in the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean, North Sea and Pacific during the Second World War. He also served in naval operations in Palestine (1945-1948) and South East Asia (1945-1946). He was Mentioned In Dispatches (MID) for his naval service during the Second World War.

 

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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • Naval General Service Medal 1915-1962 (SE Asia 1945-46 and Palestine 1945 - 1948 Clasps) - Instituted to recognise service in minor naval operations for which no seperate medal was intended. 
  • 1939-1945 Star - Recognises service in the Second World War. It was usually awarded for six months service in special operational areas. Those whose service was shortened by death, injury or capture or who were awarded a decoration or mentioned in despatches also qualified for the medal. Those who served a day or more in specified battles or invasions also qualified for this award. The ribbon has three equal vertical stripes of dark blue (symbolising Navy and Merchant Navy), red (symbolising Army) and light blue (representing Air Force).
  • France and Germany Star -  Awarded for service in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and adjacent areas between 6 June 1944 and 8 May 1945. The ribbon has five equal stripes of blue, white and red. These are the national colours of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.
  • Africa Star - Awarded for service in North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943. The ribbon is pale buff in colour with a central vertical red stripe and narrower stripes, one dark blue and one light blue. The pale buff background symbolises the desert, the red stripe symbolises the Army, the dark blue stripe symbolises the Navy and Merchant Navy, while the light blue stripe symbolises the Air Force. New Zealand soldiers who were captured or killed in Greece or Crete in 1941 had qualified for this star before entering Greece. This was because they were based in Egypt on or after 10 June 1940, before being sent to Greece.
  • Burma Star - Awarded for service in the Burma campaign from 11 December 1941 to 2 September 1945. It was also awarded for certain specified service in China and Malaya (16 February 1942 - 2 September 1945), Hong Kong (26 December 1941 - 2 September 1945) and Sumatra (24 March 1942 - 2 September 1945). The centre of the ribbon is red (representing the Commonwealth Forces) with outer stripes of dark blue (representing British Forces). The dark blue bands each have at their centres a stripe of bright orange (symbolising the sun).
  • War Medal (with Mentioned in Despatches) - Awarded across the British Commonwealth to all fulltime members of the Armed Force for 28 days service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 irrespective of where they were serving. On one side is an effigy of King George VI. On the reverse is a lion trampling on a dragon symbolising the Axis powers. The ribbon is the red, white and blue of the (British) Union Flag. Attached to the ribbon is a bronze oak leaf representing being Mentioned in Despatches.