1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Herbert Newnham

Contributed by: Paul Newnham, on 2008-11-20

Herbert Newnham
First Name Herbert
Surname Newnham
Year of Birth 1898
Year of Death 1918
Regiment Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, East Surrey Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Goldington, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Herbert's Story

Private Herbert Newnham 204363 was born on Wednesday the 2nd of March 1898 in Goldington, Bedford, England. He was the third child of Alfred and Ellen Newnham.

Herbert, a 'Cowman' at the time, was 'called up' on Tuesday the 10th of April 1917 aged 19 years and 1 month. Initially he was posted to the 5th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment and allotted the service number 203742.

The same week that Herbert joined the army his older brother Walter James Newnham was lost at sea when his troop ship H.M.T. Arcadian was sunk by a German submarine.

On Thursday the 21st of June 1917 Herbert boarded a ship at Folkestone bound for Boulogne. On arrival in France he was transferred to the 7th Bedfordshire Regiment. On the 13th of July 1917 he was transferred to A. Company of the 12th East Surrey Regiment and allotted a new service number 204363.

On Wednesday the 1st of August 1917 Herbert was wounded during the battle of Passchendaele. He had received a gun shot wound to the left arm. On the 6th of August he was Invalided back to England and on arrival was admitted to No 16 Canadian (Ontario) General Hospital, Orpington, Kent.

On the 12th of October 1917 Herbert was granted 10 days furlough which he spent with his parents at their home in Goldington.

Herbert returned to France on the 15 January 1918 and joined the 9th East Surrey Regiment on the 12th of February 1918.

On the night of the 21/22nd of March 1918 Herbert was wounded a second time, this time receiving a gun shot wound to the hip. Herbert was transferred to No 6 General Hospital, Rouen on the 24th of March 1918, then onto No 2 Conversant Depot at Rouen on the 25th of March, and finally No 13 Conversant Depot Trouville on the 31st of March. On the 22nd of May Herbert was admitted to No 74 General Hospital Trouville and then transferred to Etaples on the 27th of July.

On the 9th of August 1918 Herbert left the depot at Etaples rejoining his battalion 3 days later.

On Wednesday the 16th of October 1918 on the Eve of the battle of Selle Herbert was killed in action.

Herbert is buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave IV. D. 15

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