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  Daniel Newman 

Private 493578

13th (Kensington) Bn The London Regiment
Died of Illness 01/06/1919, aged 30


Buried in Hove Old Cemetery, England (E.157)

Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance




DANIEL NEWMAN was born in Portslade, West Sussex on 17/07/1888 (1), the son of William and Hannah Newman, and brother of Ann, Edward, Sarah, Fanny, James and Eliza. In 1891 the family's address was Red House, Bolney, East Sussex. By 1901 the family had moved to No 3 Atfield Cottages, Clayton, West Sussex, where his father and elder brother James were woodcutters (2).

Daniel became the village postmaster to Ewhurst (1) and courted Ruth Mabel Childs (b1894), daughter of Arthur and Ruth Childs, and sister of Arthur Ernest (b1889), Mark Bernard (b1892), William Albert (b1898) and Alice A (b1897). Her brother, William Albert was to be killed in action whilst serving with the 2nd Bn Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment on 05/10/1917 at Ypres.

Daniel enlisted in Cranleigh on 22/06/1915. He attested to join the 2/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles),  London Regiment, as Private, Service Number 4139 on 30/06/1915.  He gave his address as 2 Cemetery Lane (?), Cranleigh and the attestation papers note Daniel was a "Guildford Postman".

Following his initial training, on 11/07/1916 Daniel was transferred to 1/8th (City of London) Bn (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment and arrived in France to commence active service with the British Expeditionary Force. On 16/07/1916 he was transferred again to the the 13th (Kensington) Battalion of the London Regiment. Daniel's service number, changed to 7623, was subsequently changed once more to 493578. His battalion belonged to 168th Brigade, 56th Division.

On 17/02/1917 at 7.15am 4 officers and 140 other ranks of the 13th Battalion left their trenches near Neuve Chapelle to raid the German lines. The raid was supported by an artillery barrage, and all men entered the enemy trenches, being reported on their way back to British front lines at 7.26am. The raid was very successful, the raiding party entering the enemy trenches and penetrating through to the German support line, which was found to be deserted. A number of enemy dugouts and communication trenches were bombed, approximately 40 enemy soldiers killed, and 5 members of the 13th Bavarian Infantry Regiment taken prisoner. The battalion suffered 4 men killed and 1 officer and 33 other ranks wounded, although most of these casualties were incurred after the raiding party had returned to their own front line and the Germans placed a heavy artillery barrage on the British front and support lines (3).  

During or after the raid Daniel was wounded in action, suffering a gun shot wound to his right arm in the proximity of his elbow. He was evacuated back to England for treatment, being admitted to the Bradford War Hospital on  28/02/1917. Whilst at the hospital Daniel was diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis contracted whilst on active service in France.

He was discharged from hospital, and in London on 20/07/1917 was discharged (no longer fit for service)  due to pulmonary tuberculosis. His address on discharge was given as Great Fontley Farm, Titchfield, Hampshire (noted as the address of his father).

Daniel and Ruth married on 07/08/1918. They had three children, Ernest (b Sept 1915), Alice and Bernard (1). He was awarded a King's Discharge Certificate on 24/10/1918, when his address was given as Dunstall Cottage, Burgess Hill, and a Silver Wound Badge & Certificate which he received whilst a patient at the Hove Borough Sanatorium, Portslade.

Daniel finally succumbed to his illness at 68 Clarendon Street, Hove, West Sussex, on 1st June 1919, aged 30. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Ruth died in 1927. Their children were raised by Daniel's eldest brother, Edward (1)

Footnote: The Ewhurst Book of Remembrance states that Daniel "died of illness on 20th July 1917".




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(1) From Mr E Newman (Grandson)
(2) 1891 & 1901 Census
(3) Battalion War Diary. Men killed were Cpl John William Adams (490580), Pte Albert Maurice Bunney (491779), L/Cpl Ernest Richard Collins (493195) and Sgt Arthur King (493664). The men were recovered from the front line and laid to rest in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue.


Other sources:

  • Private D Newman's Pension Records.

  • Medal Record Cards (Public Records Office)

  • Book of Remembrance

  • Soldiers Died in the Great War (not mentioned, hence died after the war)

  • CWGC












Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey