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Leonard was born in 1899 (A/M/J), the son of Thomas Albert and Emma Newton nee Lane. Both his parents were born in Nottingham, his father in 1862 (J/F/M) and his mother in about 1861. They were married in Nottingham in 1883 (J/A/S). According to the information they provided on the 1911 Census when they had been married for 27 years, they had had ten children of whom nine survived. Nine children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911: Mabel Elizabeth (b. 1884), Gertrude/Gerty (b. 1886), Lavinia [Lavinia Millicent] (b. 1888), Francis Thomas (b. 1890), Harold Percival (b. 1893), Albert (b. 1897), Leonard (b. 1899), John Archibald (b. 1901) and Lewis Edward (b. 1904). Apart from the youngest child, Lewis, who was born in Daybrook, Arnold, Nottingham, all the children were born in Nottingham. In 1891 Thomas (29), a bleacher, and Emma (29) were living at 9 Burrows Gardens, Sneinton, with their four children; Mabel (6), Gerty (5), Lavinia (2) and Francis (6m.) By 1901 the family was living at Mill House, Sneinton, and Thomas was now a foreman bleacher. He and Emma had eight children; Mabel (16) a curtain overlocker, Gerty (15) a lace hand, Lavinia (12), Francis (10), Harold (8), Albert (4), Leonard (2) and John (1). The family was living at 6 Cathcart Street Nottingham, by 1911. Thomas was now working as a stoker. Only seven children were at home on the night of the census; Lavinia (22) a lace cutter, Francis (20) a labourer, Harold (18) a laundry hand, and Albert (13), Leonard (12), John (10) and Lewis (7) who were all at school. Thomas and Emma later moved to 29 Leicester Street as in 1914 they were recorded at this address in a register of people living in the parish of St Mary. Emma probably died in 1927 (registered September) at the age of 66 while Thomas Albert died in 1936 (registered December). Leonard's older brother, Albert, served in the Leicestershire Regiment (235490 Private) and was killed on 27 May 1918 (Soissons Memorial). Of Leonard's other siblings: Mabel [Mabel Elizabeth]appears to have married Peter Makin in Nottingham in 1902 (J/A/S) and in 1911 they were living with their two children, Leonard (6) and Gertrude (5), in the home of Peter's widowed mother at 44 Queen's Road, Nottingham. Peter was a warehouse clerk and Mabel was a curtain overlocker. She died in 1929 aged 45. Lavinia probably married John H Goodall in Nottingham in 1913 (A/M/J) and died aged 32 in 1920. Harold Percival married Frances N Fletcher in Nottingham in 1919 (A/M/J). Frances (b. abt 1892) died aged 47 in 1939 (death registered March, Nottingham) and Harold married Daisy Bell Warner in 1940 (marriage registered O/N/D Nottingham). He died aged 62 in 1955 (death registered December, Nottingham). Probate: 'Newton Harold Percy of 3 Pullman-road Sneinton Dale Nottingham died 25 December 1955 Administration Nottingam 23 January to Daisy Bell Newton widow. Effects £555 7s. 4d.' Lewis Edward married Dorothy R Newcombe in Nottingham in 1926 (O/N/D). He died in 1954 aged 50. Probate: 'Newton Lewis Edward of Castleton-crescent Skegness Lincolnshire died 8 February 1954 at The Memorial Hospital Scunthorpe Lincolnshire Probate Nottingham 3 May to Dorothy Rose Newton widow, Effects £4397 17s. 1d.'
24 Oct 1918
336139 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
9th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Leonard Newton was called up for service and was formerly No. 5/23663 in 6th Training Reserve Battalion, before being posted to the West Yorkshire Regiment No. 60266, (15/17th West Yorkshire Regiment and 8th West Yorkshire Regiment) and finally serving with 9th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. As the Allied armies pushed the German field army back through northern France, Pte. Newton was killed in action on 24/10/1918, and was buried at Amerval Communal Cemetery Extension, Solesmes. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Information compiled by Peter Foster. Nottingham St Mary Parish Register p.452 (1914): '29 Leicester Street. Newton Albert, 6 children baptised. Frank, Percy, Leonard in France, Albert missing.' (Nottinghamshire Archives, ref PR,6786) His father, Thomas Albert, was his legatee.
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