8th December 2015 Hewson Bates In 1911 Hewson aged 14 was living in Stamford at 7 Albert Road. He was born in 1897 in Hornsey, Middlesex. He lived with his parents, Sidney and Mary Bates and sister Clarissa. His father was a furnishing manager. Hewson was employed as a solicitor’s office boy. In 1901 he was living with his mother (of independent means) in Camberwell, London Hewson had moved away from Stamford when he enlisted on 11th December 1915 in South Farnborough. His address on enlistment was Station Parade, Gerrards Cross, Bucks. At this time he was an apprentice engine fitter. He joined the Royal Flying Corps. By 18th August 1916 he was a Sapper and had transferred to the Royal Engineers. Whilst contracted to the RAF for engine testing involving swinging propellers, he suffered overstrain causing a heart condition (VDH). He was demobbed on 12th May 1919 After the war he married Christine A Ryder in Amersham. They had 2 children. He died in 1982 in the Chiltern and Beaconsfield area aged 86.