Edward Osborne Hewett
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Edward Osborne Hewett

Edward Osborne Hewett

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Born25 September 1835
Southsea, Hampshire, England[1]
Died3 June 1897(1897-06-03) (aged 61)
Woolwich, Kent, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1854-1897
Royal EngineersGeneral
AwardsCompanion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Alma materRoyal Military Academy, Woolwich
RelationsSir Arthur Edward Grasett (grandson)

Major-General Edward Osborne Hewett (25 September 1835 - 3 June 1897) was a British Army officer and member of the Royal Engineers who was the first Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada. He chose the Royal Military College's motto, "Truth, Duty, Valour".[2][3]

Hewett was born in Hampshire to John Hewett, deputy lieutenant of Glamorgan and Frances Thornewell, daughter of Thomas Thornewell, deputy lieutenant of Staffordshire. He was educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[4]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1883 Birthday Honours.[5]

Personal life

Hewett married Catherine Mary Biscoe in Toronto in 1864. They had four sons and eight daughters.[6][7][8][9]Sir Arthur Edward Grasett was his grandson.

  • Catherine Frances Hewett (1866-1941), married Arthur Wanton Grasell, mother of Sir Arthur Grasett
  • Lt Col. Edward Vincent Osborne Hewett (1867-1953)
  • Mary Louisa Hewett (1868-1911)
  • Eleanor Clare Hewett (1870-1950)
  • Edith Cecilia Hewett (1871-1925)
  • Capt. Henry Meyrick Hewett (1874 - 30 April 1916), killed in Dublin during the Easter Rising
  • Margaret Agnata Hewett (1876-1971)
  • Gwendolen Elizabeth Hewett (1877-1964), married William Garnett Braithwaite
  • Rhoda Sophia Hewett (1878-1962), married Rear-Admiral Arthur David Ricardo
  • Constance Thornewill Hewett (1880-1956)
  • Cmdr George Osborne Hewett (1884-1964)

At age 61, Hewett died at Royal Military Academy Woolwich after breaking his leg playing tennis.[2]


  1. ^ 1861 England Census
  2. ^ a b "Hewett, Edward Osborne". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Volume XII (1891-1900). University of Toronto. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Madsen, Chris (2000). Another Kind of Justice: Canadian Military Law from Confederation to Somalia. UBC Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7748-0719-7. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Rose, George Maclean (1886). A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time. Rose Publishing Company. pp. 638-639. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "No. 25233". The London Gazette. 24 May 1883. p. 2731.
  6. ^ 1881 Census of Canada
  7. ^ 1881 England Census
  8. ^ 1891 England Census
  9. ^ Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1911
Academic offices
Preceded by
New position
Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada
Succeeded by
Major General John Ryder Oliver

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