as Sir Thomas Docwra, Grand Prior of the English Knights Hospitaller in 1999 Dover Pageant.
Still very active as a 90 year old, Jack Hewitt gave a lifetime of service to his fellow men, mainly, but not only, through his very many years in the scout movement and in the Order of St John. In both organisations he held high office locally and was held in high esteem nationally. His 29 years in the County Ambulance Service also enabled Jack to serve through his paid work, which he loved and for which he was commended several times. He was awarded the MBE in 1996. Fund raismg ideas come naturally to Jack. 'Perhaps the simplest was when I sat on a bench with a clipboard and just kept quiet. Passers-by asked what I was doing and I told them what I was raising money for and I raised over £100!
Jack has also travelled widely all over the world, both as a courier for many years for Raymond Cook Tours and as a seeker of unusual experiences in far flung parts of the world. To celebrate the Millennium Jack, aged 88, joined an expedition to Antarctica! Many of these holidays have enabled him to see members of St John in action in other countries. Seeking new experiences has been a lifelong aim, whether flying across the Channel as a young man or taking a hot air balloon ride on his 80th birthday! His life story, Greetings, Dover! included many amusing and hair raising anecdotes, some of which are hard to believe, but Jack insists that they are true.
The son of a Dover baker, Jack would visit the local grocer and on one occasion when he was ten he asked for broken biscuits but was told there weren't any. So Jack kicked a box of biscuits over and said, 'You have now!' He is a cheeky chappy and has often 'got away with murder,' particularly during his war service, in order to have his way or to do what he thought was right. This cheeky chappy is also a cheerful chappy, He was often about town even now giving a cheerful word to everyone he meets, always beginning, of course, with 'Greetings!' Needless to say, anybody who had met Jack cannot forget that laugh of his.
(click on the link below to see clip of video of Jack at 2001 Dover Hospital fete )
Councillor Mrs Susan Jones, Mayor of Dover with members of the Dover Society
Bench in memory of Jack Hewitt
photograph by Alan Sencicle