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Reginald Hewetson

Sir Reginald Hewetson
File:Sir Reginald Hewetson.jpg
Born (1908-08-04)4 August 1908
Shortlands, Kent
Died 19 January 1993(1993-01-19) (aged 84)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1928 – 1967
Rank General
Commands held 11th Armoured Division
4th Division
Staff College, Camberley
Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
Far East Land Forces
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Relations Patricia Burkitt (Wife)

General Sir Reginald Hackett Hewetson GCB CBE DSO (4 August 1908 – 19 January 1993) is a fomer Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career

Educated at Repton School and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Reginald Hewetson was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1928.[1] He served in India from 1929 to 1935.[1] During the Second World War he served in France, North Africa and Italy.[1] He was awarded the DSO for his service during the War.[1]

He was Brigadier on the General Staff of the British Army in Austria from 1945 to 1947.[1] In 1953 he was appointed was Commander Royal Artillery within 2nd Division in Germany and in March 1956 he became General Officer Commanding 11th Armoured Division.[1] In April 1956 11th Armoured Division was reformed under his command as 4th Division and in 1958 he became Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley.[1] In 1961 he was appointed Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong and in 1963 he became General Officer Commanding Far East Land Forces, a post he held until 1964 when he became Adjutant General.[1] He retired from the British Army in 1967.[1]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1962 to 1973. He was ADC General to the Queen from 1966 to 1967.[1]

He was awarded the CB in 1958, the KCB in 1962 and the GCB in 1966.[1] He was also awarded the OBE in 1943 and the CBE in 1945.[1]

A service to commemorate his life was held on 12 February 1993.[2] He lived in Uckfield, East Sussex.[1]

Hewetson was also a first class cricket player who played for the Europeans[3] in the Bombay Quadrangular in 1929.[4]


He married Patricia Burkitt.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Anderson
GOC 11th Armoured Division
March 1956–April 1956
Succeeded by
Division Reformed as 4th Division
Preceded by
Division Reformed
(Position last held by Ernest Down)
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Succeeded by
Gerald Hopkinson
Preceded by
Nigel Poett
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Charles Harington
Preceded by
Sir Roderick McLeod
Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Craddock
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Poett
GOC Far East Land Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Jolly
Preceded by
Sir James Cassels
Adjutant General
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Musson
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