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Surname: NEWTON

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire

Service No: 102544

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 49th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-04-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 154 to 159.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Newton was the son of John and Julietta Susannah Wright Newton, née Pollard. John, senior, was born at Broughton-in-Furness and Julietta at Colne, Lancashire.

1901 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 24, Hart Street - John Newton, aged 5 years, born Burnley, son of John and Hetty Newton.

1911 Worsthorne, Lancashire Census: 1, Rowley Cottages - John Newton, aged 15 years, born Burnley, Lancashire, son of Julietta Susannah Wright Newton, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Newton, 37426, East Lancashire Regiment & 102544, Machine Gun Corps.

John is commemorated in the 'Service Roll of Martins Bank'.

Photograph: ‘Burnley Express’ (11 May 1918).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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L/Corporal John NEWTON

L/Corporal John NEWTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: NEWTON

Forename(s): John

Born: Burnley


Enlisted: Burnley

Number: 102544

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Battalion: (Infantry)


Died Date: 26/04/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 37426, E. Lancs Regt.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: NEWTON

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 102544

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Unit: 49th Bn.



Died Date: 26/04/1918

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‘Burnley Express’ (11 May 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)



Burnley Widow’s Sad Loss

Mrs. Newton, of Rowley Cottage, Rowley, has sustained a severe blow by the death of the younger of her two sons. The eldest, Willie, has been serving three years with the R.A.M.C., and John, who was a lance-corporal in the M.G.C., lost his life in France on the night of April 26th.

The intimation was received by Mrs. Newton in the following letter written by Sergt. Norris on May 3rd:–“I am writing to you on behalf of my section to express our sympathy for you in the sad loss of your son and our comrade, who, I am sorry to say, has been killed in action. He was in my section for a long time, and I always found him a good, cheerful soldier, and can say he was a very good N.C.O. The men feel his loss very much. He was killed instantaneously by a shell splinter whilst firing his gun at our common enemy, the Hun. He died the glorious death of a soldier with his face to the enemy. This happened last Friday night about six o’clock. We managed to bury him and mark his grave with a cross, which was all we could do. I should like once again to express our deepest sympathy, and regret that such a nice lad as your son should be cut off so young.”

Lce.-Corpl. Newton, who was aged 22 years, was educated at the Burnley Grammar School, and was a clerk at the Bank of Liverpool. He enlisted on February 14th, 1917, and went to France in June. He was recently home on leave, and only went back on April 2nd. He attended Jireh Baptist Church.

‘Burnley Express’ (23 April 1919)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)

In Memoriam

NEWTON – In loving memory of my dear son, Lance-Corpl. John Newton, Machine Gun Corps, killed in action April 26th, 1918.

–From Mother and Brother Will (in France), Rowley Cottage, Burnley.

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Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

The identical memorial that was at the Skipton and other branches are lost

Courtesy of David Hearn (War Memorials Online project)



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