NEWNS, Samuel – Gresford War Memorial

by Mavis Williams

Samuel’s family history is the same as Robert Henry Newns, please read his story.

Samuel Newns in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that he was born in Oswestry and enlisted in Wrexham, and that he died in Malta.   This source also tells us, like Robert Henry he “Died.”    This usually indicates that he did not die from wounds or was killed in Action, it usually means he died from disease or other means.

Samuel Newns in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he died from Dysentry and also tells us that the Legatees were Sister – Mrs Sarah Jane ROBERTS who received £4 19s 10d on the 28th February 1916, and £2 10s War Gratuity on the 20th January 1920 and another £2 10s on the 24th March 1920.  Brother – No. 14589 A/L/Cpl. Robert Henry NEWNS who received £4 19s 10d on the 3rd April 1916 and Brother – L/Cpl Frank NEWNS who received £4 19s 10d on the 14th June 1916 and £2 10s War Gratuity on the 7th February 1920.   There was a recharge of £1 5s to the Regimental Paymaster  on the 3rd March 1916.

Serjeant S Newns in the Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current gave us a photograph, courtesy of Charlie (Folder)

Samuel Newns in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals  and 15 Star, his Theatre of War first served in- (2B) Balkans, Date of entry therein – 28th June 1915, Died 22nd November 1915

Frank Newns in the UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920

Name:  Frank Newns

Age:       18

Birth Date:          abt 1876

Birth Place:         Dowyn Merconethshire (sic)

Service Start Year:            1894

Regiment:           Shropshire L. I

Regimental Number:      4445

Attestation Paper:           Yes (This  is on Fold 3 which you have to pay for separately to Ancestry.)

Any help would be gratefully received.

Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams

NEWNS, Samuel – Gravestone in Malta



From the spring of 1915, the hospitals and convalescent depots established on the islands of Malta and Gozo dealt with over 135,000 sick and wounded, chiefly from the campaigns in Gallipoli and Salonika, although increased submarine activity in the Mediterranean meant that fewer hospital ships were sent to the island from May 1917. During the Second World War, Malta’s position in the Mediterranean was of enormous Allied strategic importance. Heavily fortified, the island was never invaded, but was subjected to continual bombardment and blockade between Italy’s entry into the war in June 1940 and the Axis defeat at El Alamein in November 1942. At the height of Axis attempts to break Malta’s resistance in April 1942, the island and her people were awarded the George Cross by King George VI. Malta’s defence relied upon a combined operation in which the contributions made by the three branches of the armed forces and Merchant Navy were equally crucial. Although heavily pressed in defence, offensive raids launched from the island by air and sea had a crippling effect on the Axis lines of communication with North Africa, and played a vital part in the eventual Allied success there. There are 1,303 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated at Pieta Military Cemetery, including 20 Indian servicemen who were cremated at Lazaretto Cemetery. Second World War burials number 166. The Commission also cares for 772 non-war graves in the cemetery and 15 war graves of other nationalities.

Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

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