Park Walk War Memorial 4

William George Newton

Surname: Newton
Other names: William George
Other people in this story:
George Newton
Mary Jane Newton nee Jewell
Daniel Henry Newton
Locations in this story:
Bossingham, Hampshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset

William George Newton was born in 1895 in Broughton, Hampshire. He was the son of George Newton, a feeding cake agent, and Mary Jane Newton (nee Jewell). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a butcher's apprentice and living at Clonmell, 5 Belle Vue Terrace, Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He had enlisted with the Territorial Unit of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 1670) until his unit was absorbed into the 1/4th Battalion and his Service No. changed to 200033.  He served in Mespotamia attached to the Labour Corps and achieved the rank of Acting Warrant Officer Class 2.  (Family records show he was also later attached to the Arab and Kurdish Levies). 

He was discharged on 27 Aug 1919.  He is then shown, on Military Records, to have died on 18 Aug 1920 in Mesopotamia (though the Probate Records show 1921).  His mother had applied for a pension but there is no evidence that one was granted.  He had been awarded the Territorial War Force Medal as well as the Victory and British War Medals.  He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.  No record of any War Grave can be found for him at this time or if he is remembered elsewhere.   His brother, Daniel Henry Newton, also served in the conflict and survived.

  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives