Project Description

GEORGE NEWTON NEWHAM 1885–1952

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Born 29th November 1885 in Carlton, Nottingham

Baptised 5th May 1886 St Paul’s Church, Carlton in the Willows. Home address, Worth’s Yard

Married  23rd October 1917 to Florence Lily King, Basford. Son George Ernest Newham born 18.8.13 (15?)

Date of death unknown

1891 Census

Age 5, living at Wheeldon Mill, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derby with father Samuel Newham (railway labourer), mother Ellen, brothers Fred 9, Henry 7 months and sisters Emily 8, Mary Ann 4 and Ada 3. All the family were born in Carlton, Notts.

1901 Census

Age 15, living in Carlton, Nottingham, with father Sam (bricklayer), mother Ellen, brothers Fred 19 and Richard 9, sisters Emily 17, Mary A 14 and Ada 12. He is employed as a bricklayer’s labourer.

1911 Census

Age 25, boarding with Samuel Newton and family at 17 Bloomsgrove Road, Ilkeston. He is employed as a coal miner loader. States that he was born in Chesterfield

Military Service prior to WW1

His name is on the list of members of The Sherwood Foresters from Radcliffe-on-Trent who served in WWI.

From Pension Records:

Attested 11.2.04 at Carlton (12.2.04 at Derby), Pte, 9161, Notts. and Derby Regt.

Born in Chesterfield, Derby. Occupation: labourer. Age at enlistment 18 years 2 months. Height 5ft 5½ins, chest 33½ins, weight 126lbs. Enlisted for 3 years in the Army and 9 years with the Reserve. Signed Attestation paper with his mark X

13.2.04: Posted Depot

26.5.04: Posted 2nd Battalion

9.9.04: Recorded as stationed at Parkhurst, Isle of Wight

11.12.04: Granted Housing (?) Allowance

10.2.07: Transferred to Section (B?), Army Reserve

Military Service WWI

Rank: Private

Service Number: 9161.

Military Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 18th Brigade, 6th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 24.9.14

Mobilized at Derby 15.8.1914

Military History sheet:

11.2.04 – 23.9.14: Home (service 10 years and 225 days)

24.9.14 – 29.12.15: British Expeditionary Force France (1 year 97 days)

2.2.15: Awarded 8 days Field Punishment by Commanding Officer for 1) Absence 2) Drunkenness

27.3.15: Awarded 28 days Field Punishment No.1 by CO for Drunkenness

Note: Field Punishment Number One, often abbreviated to “F.P. No. 1″ or even just “No. 1″, consisted of the convicted man being placed in fetters and handcuffs or similar restraints and attached to a fixed object, such as a gun wheel or a fence post, for up to two hours per day. During the early part of World War I, the punishment was often applied with the arms stretched out and the legs tied together, giving rise to the nickname “crucifixion”. This was applied for up to three days out of four, up to 21 days total. It was usually applied in field punishment camps set up for this purpose a few miles behind the front line, but when the unit was on the move it would be carried out by the unit itself.

In Field Punishment Number Two, the prisoner was placed in fetters and handcuffs but was not attached to a fixed object and was still able to march with his unit. This was a relatively tolerable punishment.

In both forms of field punishment, the soldier was also subjected to hard labour and loss of pay. (Wikipedia)

17.12.15: Shell wound left foot

30.12.15 – 31.5.16: Home (153 days)

15.2.16: Joined 3rd Bn, D Company

21.4.16 – 2.5.16: Forfeits 12 days’ pay Royal Warrant.

1.6.16 – 20.3.18: B.E.F. (1 year 293 days)

21.3.18 – 28.12.18: Bullet wound right thigh, Prisoner of War (283 days)

1.10.18: Red Cross Enquiry Lists report as missing

29.12.18: Home

16.4.19: Discharged being no longer physically fit for War Service. Character Fair. Address 21, Mount Pleasant, Carlton, Nottingham

Total years of service: 15 years, 65 days

Will be Awarded a pension of 45% for life. In receipt of a pension of 20% or over from 17.4.19’.

Bounty allowance under Army Order 209 of 1916 £20.00. Already allowed £6.10.4. Balance to be…? subsequently as laid down in A.O. £13.6.8

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory, Silver War Badge No. B182704

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll:

No reference

Address on The Sherwood Foresters Roll

6 Main Street, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: 37 Vale Road, Carlton, Nottingham

Occupation: unemployed

Household: living with wife Florence born 23.5.1884, Ronald Newham, age 10 at school and one other person

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

His name is on the list of members of The Sherwood Foresters from Radcliffe on Trent who served in WWI.