Pte Newton Francis William

  • Date of birth: 11/11/1897
  • Place of birth: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 01/09/1917
  • Place of death: Butterfly Farm, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
  • Age: 19
  • Profession: Woollen Mill Worker
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 38114
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Unknown
  • Last known unit: Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 2nd Bn.
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force

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Private (Signaller) Francis William Newton was part of the 2nd Bn. Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), also known as the Green Howards. The battalion was part of the 21st Brigade, 30th Division. Francis William worked at a wooden mill, John Smith and Sons, Limited, Fieldhead Mills.
During the Battle of Passchendaele the 30th Division took over the Messines-Wytschaete front from August on. The frontline was at the bottom of the eastern slope of the hill below Oostaverne. On August 30th the battalion relieved the 18th Bn. King’s Liverpool Regiment in the frontline and took over the shell hole positions. The war diary mentions that the situation was quiet on 1 September and that there were the usual working parties and patrols. Private Newton must have been wounded during one of these tasks. In a newspaper article is mentioned that a letter was sent by one of his comrades saying he was struck by shrapnel and died of his wounds at an Australian Casualty Clearing Station. The N°1 Australian C.S.S. was located in Bailleul at that time, but since he has a Burial Return Sheet he did not die of his wounds over there. He was buried close to where he fell, near Butterfly Farm (57.c.N.19.b.2.8.), and then reburied at Grass Lane A.I.F. Burial Ground (57.c.N.25.b.9.5.) on the slopes of Mount Kemmel. After the war he was reburied at Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension in Bailleul (FR.), where he is still remembered today.