31st January 1890 – Born at 24 Tennant Street, West Hartlepool, County Durham. Eldest son and second child of William Newman and Mary Ann Newman (née Quinn).

15th April 1890  – Christened at St Joseph’s in West Hartlepool, County Durham.  Godparents: Catherine Thompson.

1891 Census – Age 1. Resident at 7 Wharf Road, Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire.

1901 Census – Age 11. Resident at 11 Ellison Street, Hebburn, County Durham.

22nd July 1909 – Enlisted at Jarrow into Royal Army Medical Corps.  Serial No: 1474.

 

John William Newman (1890-1971)
John William Newman (1890-1971). Photo taken circa 1909.

 

1911 Census – Age 22.  Was living at 123 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Foundry Metal (General Engineer)’.

5th October 1912 – Married Bridget Mannion at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn, County Durham.  Was living at 161 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham and was employed as a Ship Rivetter at the time.  Marriage witnessed by George W Cassy and Ada Newman (one of his sisters).

8th July 1913 – First son, John William (known as Jackie), born.  Was living at 104 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Ships Rivetter’.

14th November 1914 – Second son, Thomas, born.  Was living at 104 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Private Royal Army Medical Corps (Ship Rivetter)’.

29th Jan 1916 – Detail from Army Book 14 – Soldier’s Pay Book for use on Active Service.

  • Book opened on 29th Jan 1916. Date and station: 4 2/16 in the field.
  • WILL: In case of my death I wish to leave every think[thing] to my wife Bridget Newman. Signed J.W. Newman.  Pay: 1 shilling 2 pence [1s 2d]. Corps Pay or Engineer Pay: 4 pence [4d]. Total 1 shilling 6 pence [1s 6d]. Deduct Allotment or Compulsory Stoppage: 10 pence [10d]. Net Daily Rate for Issue (words): Eight pence – 8d.

9th Mar 1917 – Certificate of discharge no. 1021 (Army Form B.2079).  Discharged in consequence of the termination of his period of engagement Para 154(XII) SR Regs Auth Army Council Instruction 316 of 1917 after serving 2 years 216 days with the Colours, and 5 years 157 days in the Special Reserve.

  • Description on 9 Mar 1917 when he left the Colours: 26 years 2 months. Height: 5 ft 5 ins. Eyes: Blue. Hair: Brown. Marks or scars, whether on face or other parts of body: scald scar right leg.
  • The character here given is based on continuous records of the holder’s conduct and employment throughout his military career:
  • This is to certify that Private John Newman has served with the Colours in the Royal Army Medical Corps for 2 216/365 years. Sober, honest and trustworthy. Trained in First Aid and Ambulance Duties. Signed by Major G H Rees

28th April 1917 – First daughter, Mary Ann, born.  Was living at 104 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Iron Ship Rivetter (Journeyman)’.

27th March 1919 – Second daughter, Bridget, born.  Was living at 110 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Iron Ship Rivetter (Journeyman)’.

2nd January 1921 – Third daughter, Ellen, born.

11th November 1922 – Fourth daughter, Winifred, born.

24th June 1924 – Fifth daughter, Ada, born.

19th March 1926 – Third son, Michael, born.  Was living at 110 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Ship Rivetter’.

3rd December 1927 – Fourth son, Daniel, born.  Was living at 110 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Ship Rivetter’.

2nd November 1930 – Fifth son, Walter, born.

15th March 1933 – Sixth son, James, born.  Was living at 112 William Street, Hebburn, County Durham.  Occupation given as ‘Ship Rivetter’.

Mid-1930s – Moved to Watford, Hertfordshire.

1939-1945 – Was recalled to the shipyards (due to being in a reserved occupation) sometime during the Second World War.  We believe he was employed by Hawthorn Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd, Ellison Street, Hebburn, County Durham.

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Jul 1940 – Employed in the warehouse of Odhams (Watford) Ltd, Watford, Hertfordshire.

1945 – Employed as a Printer at Odhams (Watford) Ltd, Watford, Hertfordshire.

22nd August 1971 – Died age 81 in Watford General Hospital (Shrodells Wing), Watford, Hertfordshire.  Cause of death was Cerebro Arteriosclerosis and Pernicious Anaemia.  Death registered by James Newman, son.

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