Lieutenant William Trafford Newton

  • Batt - B Coy; 6
  • Unit - North Staffordshire Regiment
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 1895
  • Died - 01/07/1916
  • Age - 21

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Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project.
The following information was kindly submitted to the project by Lt Newton's great great nephew, J Manners, in 2016:

"Went to Measham house under the control of CH Jones who went on to be commanding officer of 5th Leics in WW1. Died 1st day of Somme."

The following information is included in an online publication by Jane and Rick Nuth entitled "Tutbury Book of Remembrance:
Remembering the Fallen of World War One" and available currently (August 2016) at the following web address:

Trafford's family moved to Tutbury. He was educated at Uppingham School. He was especially good at sports. He had been articled to the Moira Colliery Company as a mining engineer before the war. Soon after war broke out he enlisted in King's Rifle Brigade. He soon received a commission in the 7th Bn then moved to the North Staffs.

This extract from page 51 of the document provides further information:

"As a lasting memorial to Trafford, his family gave a magnificent altar to St Mary’s Priory Church, Tutbury, made from alabaster from Mr Newton’s mines at nearby Fauld. This is situated in the Lady Chapel and was dedicated by Dr Crawford, the Bishop of Stafford, in June 1917. The Newton family were also very generous to St Mary’s Priory Church.

Trafford's brother also served in the Great War was wounded - Henry Leigh Newton, who served in the Royal Field Artillery and who won the DSO. Their first cousin, Benjamin, also saw service with the Durham Light Infantry and who was also wounded."

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Burial Place - Ii B 11, Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers
  • Birth Place - Burton On Trent
  • Other Memorials - Uppingham School Old Boys, WW1 Roll of Honour.

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