Edward James Newman
Contributed by: Ronald Newman, on 2008-11-05
|First Name||Edward James|
|Year of Birth||1881|
|Year of Death||1917|
|Place of Wartime Residence||London, Greater London|
Edward James's Story
My grandfather Edward James Newman was born in Hoxton - London and attested at the Middlesex Regiment's recruitment office in Finsbury, London and duly joined the 28th Btn Middlesex Regt (serial no. 24209). However, due to the national conscription of 1916 when regimental reserve battalions gave way to reserve training brigades he was posted to the 10th Btn. Royal Fusiliers - City of London Regt. (serial no. G52147) on completion of his basic training. He joined the Royal Fusiliers at Puchvillers on 11/12/1916 and then marched to the Neuve Chapelle Sector and the front line at the Richebourg Breastworks, remaining there from 21/12/1916 to 08/02/1917. After that he marched to the Loos sector and Hulluch at the Hohernzollern Redoubt, remaining there from 13/02/1917 to 03/03/1917. The battalion then marched to the Arras sector for training in preparation for the Spring Offensive at Arras.
Dedicated with pride to my grandfather, one of the 'Fallen' never to be forgotten.:
The 10/R.Fusiliers were one of four regiments in the 111th Infantry Brigade (37th Div. VI Corps - 3rd Army). The Battle of Arras started on the 9/04/1917 with VI Corps advance being spearheaded by the 3rd, 12th & 15th Divisions. The 37th Div was to attack Monchy-le-Preux after leapfrogging the 12th & 15th Div's after their successful capture of the German 3rd line . However, some regiments of the 37th Div strayed south (including the 10/R.fusiliers) and engaged the German 3rd line before the intended 12th Div attack and in the ensuing battle lost men. This was my grandfather's first taste of 'up close fighting'. My grandfather and his regiment was withdrawn to allow the intended regiments to make their planned attack on the German line. The following day (10/04/1917) the 37th Division and the 10/R.Fusiliers made their advance on the village of Monchy. They got within 600 yards to the West of the village when tey came under withering fire from the German defenders and the 10/R.Fusliers took heavy losses. This is, more than likely, where my grandfather was killed. During the two days of attack during the 9 & 10/04/1917 the troops experienced rain, sleet and snow storms and the weather was bitterly cold. The village was taken the following day and the bodies of the brave men that gave their lives were not recovered for days. I believe that my grandfather's remains are either still laying in the fields in front of Monchy-le-Preux or he is buried in an unmarked grave at the Feuchy Chapelle CWGC cemetery.