b. 27/01/1895 Greenwich, London. d. 29/08/1918 Fremicourt, France.
He was educated at John Roan School, Greenwich from 1903 to 1907 and Dulwich College between 1907 and 1910. He was 23 years old, and a lieutenant in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, British Army, attached to 3rd (Light) Battalion, Tank Corps during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 29 August 1918 at Fremicourt, France, Lieutenant Sewell, who was in command of a section of Whippet light tanks, got out of his own tank and crossed open ground under heavy machine-gun fire to rescue the crew of another Whippet of his section which had side-slipped into a shell-hole, overturned and caught fire. The door of the tank had become jammed against the side of the shell-hole, but Lieutenant Sewell, unaided, dug away the entrance to the door and released the crew.
Having done this, he saw one of his own crew lying wounded behind his tank. He crossed the open ground to go to his assistance. Although hit while doing so, he reached the tank. Only few minutes later he was hit, fatally this time, while dressing his wounded driver.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM, BOVINGTON, DORSET.
BURIAL PLACE: VAULX HILL CEMETERY, VAULX-VRAUCOURT, FRANCE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT I, ROW D, GRAVE 3.
The reverse of Sewell's VC courtesy of The Tank Museum.
Caesar II Tank of Cecil Sewell VC on display at The Royal Tank Regiment, Bovington, Dorset
John Roan School in Greenwich Memorial
(Picture courtesy of Marian Darragh)
Royal Tank Regiment (Thomas Stewart)