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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire.
Parents: George and Eliza Ann Newton of Mansfield Woodhouse. His next of kin was Mr John Jackson of 30 Warsop Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, his grand-father. His grand-mother, Mrs Jackson was presented with his St George (Russia) Medal.
Worked at Shirebrook Colliery.
29 Sep 1915
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30 Warsop Road, Mansfield Woodhouse.
Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private John William Newton, enlisted on 7th September 1914 aged 20 years and 11 months he served with “B” Company, 1/8th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, he was awarded the Medal of St. George, 4th Class (Russia), for his bravery on 21st April 1915. He died of wounds on 29th September 1915 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery
Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser: 16/09/1915. Honour for Mansfield Woodhouse Soldier. Photograph of Drummer John William Newton of 1/8th Sherwood Foresters has been awarded the medal of St George 4th class by Tzar Nicholas. "A good shot he was a sniper and accounted for 30 German Soldiers.":: 07/10/1915 edition: Report on the Death of Drummer John William Newton. He had succumbed to his wounds. He had been on leave at his grand-mothers until 21/09/1915 and had returned to the front. Wounded in the head on 25/09/1915, dying on the 29th September.:: edition 09/03/1916 .Mrs Jackson was presented with John William Newton's St George Medal (Russia) An article published on 17th September 1915 in the Nottingham Daily Express reads :- MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE HERO. “Drummer, with the Czar's Decoration, Arrives Home. “HOW HE WON HIS MEDAL. “Drummer John William Newton, a Mansfield Woodhouse soldier serving with the 1st/8th Sherwood Forester, to whom the Czar has awarded the Medal of St. George (fourth class), has just arrived home on a short leave. “Speaking to an “Express” representative yesterday, [16th September 1915] the young drummer (he will be 22 to-morrow) said: –– “We have had some rough times, and I have been extra lucky. Our men are doing all they can, and doing it with a good heart, and we shall win.” “Questioned as to the circumstances under which he won his medal, Drummer Newton told a thrilling story. “He, together with a comrade, and in charge of Second-Lieutenant Eddison, he said, went out in front of the trenches to fix wire entanglements. Their duty was to connect up the wires, they being some 100 yards from the enemy trenches. Whilst they were so engaged, the officer was wounded and fell into a hole made by the explosion of a “Jack Johnson.” Under heavy machine gun fire, said the gallant drummer. Robb (his companion) and I dragged him out and into our trench. But he was so badly wounded that he died very shortly afterwards. “Later,” he added, “I went back to fetch Robb’s and my own rifle.” “On another occasion, Corporal-Drummer Clews was shot through the calf of the leg in front of the trenches, and Drummer Newton pluckily went to his assistance, managing to drag him to a place of safety, a task which took over half-an-hour. “On this occasion, Newton was hit in the left forearm, but his wound, fortunately, was not serious. He has received appreciative messages of congratulation for “conspicuous bravery in the field” from Major-General Stuart Wortley (commanding the North Midland Division) and Lieutenant Charles Huskinson, the last-named officer writing:— “l am very pleased for your sake, and for the sake of the regiment, that you have won the Russian decoration. I hope you will live long to enjoy it.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    John William Newton - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle