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Giant sand portrait at Brancaster Beach will remember Norfolk soldier killed by wolves

PUBLISHED: 15:05 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 01 November 2018

Driver Stephen Hewitt will be commemorated with a giant wsand portrait at Brancaster Beach  Picture: Supplied

Driver Stephen Hewitt will be commemorated with a giant wsand portrait at Brancaster Beach Picture: Supplied

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A Norfolk-born soldier who lost his life in the First World War will be commemorated by a giant sand portrait as an act or remembrance.

Driver Stephen Hewitt will be drawn into the sands at low tide and washed away as the sea returns to Brancaster Beach on Sunday, November 11.

The north Norfolk beauty spot is one of 32 beaches where people are being invited to assemble on Sunday, November 11.

Large-scale portraits by have been commissioned for an Armistice project by film director Danny Boyle, called Pages of the Sea.

People attending will also be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Victoria Egan, the National Trust’s general manager for the Norfolk coast, said: “As we mark Armistice Day this year, the centenary of the end of the First World War will very much be at the forefront of our minds. As we come together as a nation and a local community, we wanted to remember and honour those that sacrificed their lives.

“Driver Stephen Hewitt was born in Norfolk, served with the Royal Field Artillery and died of his wounds in 1916, aged 38. He was buried in Greece, never to return to Norfolk’s shores. Many of us have ancestors that we will want to remember and if Brancaster Beach can act as a space for people to come together on the afternoon of November 11, we hope the waves lapping along the shoreline as the sun goes down, will add a sense of peace on such a poignant day.”

The portraits commemorate men and women who served or who were casualties of the First World War, most of whom died in active service. They were chosen by Danny Boyle to represent a range of interesting stories – ordinary people who gave their lives to the war effort covering a range of ranks and regiments, from doctors to munition workers, privates to lieutenants and majors.

The public is invited to explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who served in the First World War, and select someone to thank and say a personal goodbye to either via social media or as they gather on beaches at www.pagesofthesea.org.uk.

Stephen Hewitt was born in Halvergate, Norfolk, in 1878 to Chrisiana Elizabeth Tower Harper and Isaac Christmas Hewitt.

His biography on livesofthegreatwar.org says he married Louisa Caroline Catt in 1899.

The couple lived at Kimblesworth, a village near Chester-le-Street in County Durham.

Driver Hewitt died at Salonica, in Greece on August 31, 1916, at the age of 37. He was out riding the previous day when he was attacked by wolves and died of his wounds. He is buried at the Lahana Military Cemetery.

Fellow officer 2nd lieut J W Hosach wrote to his wife: “I feel it my duty to write and tell you how truly sorry I feel for you, your sorrows being shared by me and the other officers of the battery.

“Your husband was my groom and I just say I have never met sucha straight and good fellow in the same capacity and his place will not be easily filled.”

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