WILLIAM JOHN NEWSON

 

Born: 29th March 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 1st January 1915; age 30; KiA with submarine in English Channel.

Enlistment Location: Chatham; Occupation: Painter. Signed up for 12 years – 29th March 1904. Height on joining 5ft 1 1/4ins, at 18 years 5ft 6ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes & brown hair. Tattoo – Skeleton heart pierced by arrow on left forearm.

Service:

Ganges – Boy 2nd Class – 3rd July 1901

Ganges – Boy 1st Class/Signaller – 17th April 1902 – 29th July 1902

Pembroke I – Boy 1st Class/Signaller – 30th July 1902

Pembroke I – Boy 1st Class – 14th November 1902 – 18th November 1902

Thrush – Boy 1st Class – 19th November 1902 – 3rd March 1903

Gibraltar – Boy 1st Class – 4th March 1903 – 1st June 1903

Partridge – Boy 1st Class – 2nd June 1903

Partridge – Ordinary Seaman – 29th March 1904 – 30th November 1904

Simoom – Ordinary Seaman – 1st December 1904 – 14th February 1905

Pembroke – Ordinary Seaman – 15th February 1905 – 14th June 1905

Aboukir – Ordinary Seaman – 15th June 1905 – 16th March 1906

Black Prince – Ordinary Seaman – 17th March 1906

Black Prince – Able Seaman – 13th September 1906 – 30th March 1908

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 31st March 1908 – 19th May 1908

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 20th May 1908 – 30th June 1908

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 1st July 1908 – 22nd December 1908

Irresistible – Able Seaman – 23rd December – 1908 – 1st June 1910

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 2nd June 1910 – 8th June 1910

Caesar – Able Seaman – 9th June 1910 – 31st March 1911

Formidable – Able Seaman – 1st April 1911 – 1st January 1915.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 215509

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Formidable’.

 

Memorial Reference:

9.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Munro Newson & Louisa Newson, 16, Bond Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   27, East Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Munro Newson, 30, a Boot assistant, born Ipswich.

Louisa Newson (nee Sheppard), 33, born Harwich, Essex.

Henry C Newson, 5, born Ipswich.

Maud Rebecca Newson, 3, born Ipswich.

 

1901   16, Bond Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 17, a Coach Painter. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 40, a Labourer.

Louisa, 43.

Maud, 13.

Joseph Edward Newson, 8, born Ipswich.

Daisy Florence Newson, 5, born Ipswich.

 

1911   Devonport.

 

William was 25 years old, an Able Seaman on board H.M.S. Caesar, a 1st Class Battleship – Home Fleet, 3rd Division.

William is also remembered on St. Michael’s Church War Memorial, Ipswich.

H.M.S. ‘Formidable’

 

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