Ben Newton (c.1888-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

NEWTON, BEN. Gunner. No 161705. 144th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born Golcar. Husband of Hetty Newton, 1 Scarhouse Lane, Golcar. Prior to his marriage in 1913, had lived at Garden Terrace, Linthwaite. Employed by Messrs George Cock Limited, dyers, Linthwaite. Attended Linthwaite Wesleyan Chapel and was a member of the Linthwaite Cricket Club. Enlisted 9.5.1917. Embarked for France, 22.10.1917. Killed in action, 28.11.1917, aged 29 years. Buried BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, BOESINGHE, BELGIUM. Grave location:- Plot 5, Row C, Grave 25.
His widow received a letter from the Chaplain in which he told her that, 'Gunner Newton was killed in action on 28.11.1917. He had been on duty with his Battery the previous night and just before midnight a shell struck the shelter in which he was sleeping. Death was instantenous and he could have suffered no pain whatsoever'.
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar.

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