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Joseph Newberry was born in 1872 in Nottingham and worked as a coal merchant. He married Annie Oakland at St. Paul's Church, Nottingham on 20/07/1896, after they had had two daughters; Sarah, born in 1893 and Ethel, born in 1895. In 1911 he is recorded as being an inmate of Nottingham Prison, and on his release he seems to have abandoned his wife. He worked for a time in Yorkshire, living at No. 6 Hut, New Colliery, Singleton, Yorkshire as a labourer. When he attested on 13/07/1915 he had moved to Manchester. His wife was listed as his next of kin, but he had no knowledge of her address. She was in fact living at 23, St. Matthias Road, Nottingham, but later moved to 62 St. Stephen's Road, Sneinton, Nottingham.
Joseph Newberry was employed as a labourer.
26 Dec 1917
153503 - CWGC Website
253rd Tunnelling Coy Royal Engineers
On attesting Joseph Newberry was posted to the 11th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) at Perth. On 05/11/1915 he was posted to the 5th Battalion before being transferred to 253rd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers on 27/01/1916. He proved to be no better in the army than he had been in civilian life. On 06/07/1916 he was in trouble for being drunk on parade and was sentenced to 4 days Field Punishment No. 1, a very serious and painful penalty. On 10/09/1916 he was charged with offering violence to an N.C.O. together with obscene language, and was again sentenced to 4 days Field Punishment No. 1. On 26/12/1917 he was found dead in bed in his billet, and a court of inquiry found that he had died of natural causes. He was buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery.
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