Other names: Ernest William
Locations in this story: Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, DorsetEast Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersNorfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich, NorfolkClapton, Maperton, Wincanton, SomersetYeovil, SomersetWest Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Ernest William Newman was born in Sutton Waldron, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th April 1899 and baptised at the Parish Church on 28th May 1899 the son of Henry Newman and Mary Elizabeth Newman (née Burden). He lived with his family at Sutton Waldron and later at East Orchard, Shaftesbury. He enlisted on 29th April 1917 but was not embodied until 24th May 1918 when he joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 40979). He left for France on 12th September 1918 and was posted to the 6th Battalion. He received a gun shot wound to the shoulder on 10th October 1918 and by 15th October 1918 had been repatriated to the Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich, from where he was discharged back to duty after recovery on 3rd December 1918. He was demobilized on 23rd January 1919 and gave his address as 19 West Orchard, Shaftesbury. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Phyllis May Jackson in 1933 and they went on to have two children. By 1939 he was living at Clapton, Maperton, Wincanton, Somerset and working as a Farm Carter. He died in the Yeovil Registration District in 1982.