WELLS WAR MEMORIAL
WAR 1 - SURNAMES 'N'
1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Edward
James Gilbert 2012
to Tunbridge Wells Name
was a Rifleman (#R/25241) with the 8th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle
Corps who died in Belgium December 27, 1917. He is recorded at the
Tyne Cot Memorial (panel 115 to 119 and 162A to 163A. There is also
a Serjeant E. A. Neal listed on the High Brooms memorial plaque.
was a Sapper (#991) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy. Royal Engineers,
who was a soldier, age 19, lost at sea during the Hythe disaster
October 28, 1915. he is recorded at the Helles Memorial in Turkey
(panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328). He was the son of Mr J. and Mrs
F. L. Neal of 2 Denbigh Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He is listed on the
plaque at St James Church as Frederick A. Neal. See also HMS
Hythe 1/3rd Field Company Royal Engineers
A. Neve as listed on the Crowborough Memorial as Private (M2/201533)
with the Army Service Corp M. T. who died November 4, 1918 at age
38 and who was the husband of Kate Francis Neve of 3 Council Cottages,
blackness Rd., Crowborough and is buried at the Crowborough Burial
was a 2nd Lieut (T) with the Queens Own West Kent Regiment, 7th
Battalion,, who at age 20 died of wounds in France July 13, 1916.
He is recorded at the Thiepval Memorial (pier and face 11). He was
the son of Eleanor I Newbold of Imberley Lodge East Grinstead, Sussex
and the late William Newbold. He was educated at Oriel College,
Oxford. He was formerly of Kejma Kenya Colony. He is also recorded
on the plaque at St Marks Church, Tunbridge Wells.
was a Lieut (no service number) with The Buffs (East Kent Regiment),
6th Bn. who died of wounds sustained in action at the age of 20
in France on April 5, 1918. He is recorded at the Doullens Communal
Cemetery (VI. A. 23). He was the son of James Henry and Alice Newcomb
of Heathlands, Tunbridge Wells. He is also recorded on the plaque
at St Marks Church, Tunbridge Wells and on the plaque of Tonbridge
School which he had attended.
was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Henry Newcomb, formerly
of Heatherlands, Tunbridge Wells, and now of Strathbogie, Pembury.
His elder brother, 2nd Lieut, F. Newcomb, M.C., Hampshire Regiment
(So. 1910—14), who was a House Praepostor at the Tonbridge
School and in the XL in his last year, enlisted in the Kent Cyclists
Battalion in August, 1914, but entered Sandhurst at the end of
1916, and was gazetted to the Hampshire Regiment, August 16th,
1916, and was promoted Temporary Lieutenant, June 5th, and Temporary
Captain, July 20th, 1917, in a Service Battalion of his Regiment.
He was awarded the M.C. January 1st, 1918. His younger brother,
M. J. Newcomb (D.B. 1917—18), left Tonbridge School whilst
still quite young, and his youngest brother, A. Newcomb, entered
the Tonbridge School in May, 1923. Entering the Tonbridge School
in January, 1912, from Mr. Harrison's School at Caterham, Charles
Sturar Newcomb, who had been a Lance-Corporal in the O.T.C. for
his last two Terms, left in the Michaelmas Term of 1915 to go
to Sandhurst. He and his brother were gazetted from the R.M.C.
on the same day, August 16th, 1916, but not to the same Regiment.
He received a commission in The Buffs and, going out to France
in the following month, became attached to the 8th (S.) Battn.
of his Regiment. After commanding a Platoon till the end of January,
1917, he was appointed Battalion Intelligence and Sniping Officer.
He was all through the severe fighting in front of Lens after
the capture of the Vimy Ridge, in the spring of 1917, and did
most valuable reconnaissance work. In May, 1917, he returned to
his Company, and as second in command of it took part in much
stern fighting at Ypres, the Messines Ridge, Shrewsbury Forest,
and elsewhere, until June 28th, 1917, when he was wounded at Hill
60 in the Ypres Sahent and invalided home suffering from shell-shock
and internal injuries. His Company Commander brought his name
before the CO. for gallantry and devotion to duty in a very successful
operation carried out by the Battalion on the Ypres Canal, June
14th, 1917. " I was with him at the time," he says,
" and was tremendously impressed by his coolness and cheerfulness
under very trying circumstances." Returning to France in
December, 1917, he was posted to the 6th (Service) Battn., was
promoted Lieutenant, February 16th, 1918, and commanded a Platoon
till the date of his death, April 5th, 1918. " On that day,"
as an officer wrote, " the Battalion made a glorious stand
against the Germans and saved a critical situation," but
Lieut. Newcomb and a brother officer were mortally wounded by
the same shell. They were removed to the CCS. by the ambulance
of an Australian unit fighting alongside of the Battalion, and,
though he died there the same day, news of his death did not reach
his Battalion till the beginning of May. His CO. wrote that they
were both " brave and gallant boys, two of the best officers
of the Battalion."
was born at Hastings, Sussex but enlisted for service at Tunbridge
Wells. He was a Private (#10827) with the 39th Battalion, Machine
gun Corps (Infantry) who died or wounds in France April 3, 1918.
He is recorded at the Villeres Faucon Communal Cemetery (III. B.
14). He was formerly #3636 with the Royal Sussex Regiment.
likely Fleming Newton a 2nd Lieut. with the 201st Squadron of the
Royal Air Force who died at age 19 May 9, 1918. He is recorded at
the Adanac Military Cemetery Miraimont, France, Somme. He was the
son of Isaac and Kathleen Newton of Correnden Tonbridge, Kent.
was a Private (#9917) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling
fusiliers who died of wounds in Belgium November 7, 1914. He is
recorded at the Pleegsteert Memorial (Panel 5). He was born at St
Hampton, Hursts but a resident of Tunbridge Wells before the war.
He enlisted for service at Canterbury.
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was a Rifleman (#11223) with the 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle
Corps who died, age 19, in Belgium October 23, 1914. He is recorded
at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 51 and 53). He was the
son of Mrs R. Roberts of 95 Clifton Rd., Tunbridge Wells.
was born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service there. He was
a Private (#204033) with the 1st/4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
who died in France September 15, 1916. He is recorded at the Thiepval
Memorial (Pier and face 10B, 11B and 12B). He was formerly #6590
with the Norfolk Regiment. He is listed on the plaque at St James
Church as Charles P. Niker.
was a Private (L/9979) with the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,
2nd Battalion, who at the age of 24 died in Iraq May 24, 1917. He
is recorded at the Basra Memorial (Panel 29). He was the son of
Mrs. S. Norman of 7 Stanley Rd., Tunbridge Wells and the late Mr.
E. H. Norman.
was a Private (#G/5942) with the 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal
West Kent Regiment who at age 19 died in Belgium June 18, 1917.
He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 45 and
47). He was the son of Frederick A and Martha C Norman of 31 North
St., St Peters, Tunbridge Wells. William was born in Tunbridge Wells
and enlisted for service at Tonbridge.
was a resident of Tunbridge Wells before the war and enlisted there.
He was a Private (#201015) with the 2md/4th Battalion, Queens Own
West Kent Regiment who at age 26 died April 19, 1917. He is recorded
at the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel (Panel 4). He was the son of Charles
and Harriett Norris of 5 Windmill St., Tunbridge Wells.
was a Private (#29000) with the Royal Army Medical Corps who at
the age of 19 was killed in Greece September 7, 1916. He is recorded
at the Salonika (Lembert Road) Military Cemetery (368). He was the
son of Edith Kate Nuth of 27 Wood St., Tunbridge Wells and the late
Joseph Thomas Nuth. He was born in Tunbridge Wells and a resident
of the town before the war but enlisted at Brighton. He is listed
on the plaque at St James Church as Joseph C. Nuth.
was a Sapper (#776) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers
who was a soldier that died at sea during the Hythe disaster on
October 28, 1915. He is recorded at the Helles Memorial (panel 23
to 25 or 325 to 328). Albert was born in Tunbridge Wells and a resident
of the town before the war. He enlisted at Southborough. He is also
recorded on the Southborough Memorial. See also HMS
Hythe 1/3rd Field Company Royal Engineers
to Tunbridge Wells Name Index
22 October, 2022