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Captain Wilfrid NEWTON, 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (received in action on the Somme on 25th September 1916), in No.1. Red Cross Hospital, Le Touquet, France, 28th September 1916, age 27.

Secondary Unit; Brigade  Major 165th Infantry Brigade.

Born 11th December 1888, Newcastle. Only son of Arthur William Newton, (Divisional Inspector of Schools), and Julia Laetitia Newton of Bowman Lodge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Godson of General W Newton.

Educated Clifton College & The Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

9th November 1914, Cambridge,  married, Dorothy Helen, (Herschel House, Cambridge), only daughter of Reverend John Bascombe Lock of Caius College, Cambridge.

Child - Kathleen Margaret Newton, born 8th December 1915.

28th April 1909, Gazetted Second Lieutenant; 5th June 1912, promoted Lieutenant; 10th June 1915, promoted Captain; served with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders from 14th August 1914 to 27th October 1914 and from 10th June 1915 to 25th September 1916, being posted to the staff as Brigade Major in April 1916.

Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, I. B. 54., France.

AWARDS: Mentioned in Despatches

The Times Monday 11th December 1922 - Burnaby : Newton - On the 9th December 1922, at Cambridge, by the Rev. T. W. Pym, D.S.O., JOHN Burnaby, Fellow of Trinity College, to Dorothy Helen, widow of Captain Wilfrid Newton and daughter of the late Rev. J. B. Lock and Mrs. Lock, Herschel House, Cambridge.


London Gazette 19th June 1915.

The Royal West Kent Regiment, The under mentioned Lieutenants to be Captains supernumerary to establishment. Dated 10th June 1915  -  Wilfrid Newton

London Gazette 3rd January 1916.

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). The under mentioned Supernumerary Captains are absorbed in the establishment   -  W. Newton. Dated 30th July, 1915

London Gazette 15th June 1916.

War Office, 15th June, 1916.

The following despatch has been received by  the Secretary of State for War from General Sir Douglas Haig, G.C.B., Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in France: I

General Headquarters, 30th April, 1916.

Sir, - I have the honour to forward herewith the names of those under my command whom I wish to bring to notice for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant,. D. HAIG, General, Commander-in-Chief, The British Forces in France.

Newton, Capt. W.


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