John Newcombe (c.1898-1919)

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.


John "Jack" Newcombe (or Wright)[1] was born in Nottingham, the son of iron turner John and his wife Florence.

At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living with his family at Market Place, Netherton, South Crosland, where he worked as a silk doffer and attended the local Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

His family subsequently moved to 93 Woodborough Road, Nottingham.

During the First World War, he enlisted at Halifax and served in the Durham Light Infantry. He was wounded and captured during the Battle of Épehy in September 1918, and became a prisoner of war.

He died aged 21 on 1 April 1919 and was buried at Nottingham General Cemetery.[2]

He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside Netherton Methodist Church.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. The family surname appears to have been Wright rather than Newcombe, but the latter was used in the 1911 Census.