Wilfred Thomas Newman

Memorial: Acton Turville - St Mary's Church

Regiment: Hampshire Regiment

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 28627

Parents: John and Kate Newman

Home address: Railway Cottages, Badminton

Pre-war occupation: Railway Porter

Date of birth: 1899

Place of birth: Christian Malford, Wiltshire

Date of death: 22/04/1918

Buried/Commemorated at: No known burial site. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and on Acton Turville Memorial

Age: 18

Further information:

Wilfred was born in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, the son of a railway signalman and the second eldest of four children with two brothers and a sister. Wilfred, like his father, was employed by the Badminton, Traffic Department with the Great Western Railway.

Wilfred served with 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. If Wilfred enlisted shortly after his 18th birthday it is probable that he lasted less than six months at the front. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Lys (7 – 29 April 1918) which was a victory for the allies but resulted in over 118,000 casualties. Wilfred’s body was never found and the Loos Memorial where he is remembered, commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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