Newton, Frank

Frank Newton, Private 45002, 1st/5th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers
Died 26th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 23

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Frank and Annie Lucy Newton, of 128 Crompton Rd, Macclesfield.

More information will be added here when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Frank was reported to be missing in the Macclesfield Times on 7 December 1917, and his death was confirmed in the Macclesfield Times on 6 September 1918:

Mr and Mrs Newton, Primrose Bank, Crompton Rd, Macclesfield, have been officially notified that their son, Pte Frank Newton, who has been posted as missing since October 26th 1917, is now presumed to have been killed on that date or since. Pte Newton, who was 24 years of age, enlisted in the Welsh Cyclist Corps on Nov 5th 1915 at Stockport, and trained at Oswestry and other places. He was drafted out to France on December 11th 1916, and participated in the encounters on the St Quinten front. Subsequently he was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers. Home on leave in September 1917, he returned on Oct 6th and was reported missing twenty days later. He was educated at Mill Street Higher Grade School, and attended Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday School. Prior to enlistment he was employed at Mr F W Nixon’s, clothier, Mill Street, his father being the manager at the shop.

 

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Frank Newton is buried in Grave Ref. III. E. 7. of the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. His father asked for the following inscription to be added to his headstone:

WHAT WOULD I GIVE
TO CLASP HIS HAND
HIS LOVING SMILE TO SEE
DAD AND MA

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Newton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Frank Newton is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel war memorials.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 7 December 1917, 6 September 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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