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Howard Thomas NEWELL

Regimental number2867A
Place of birthBelfast Ireland
AddressIngham, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Newell, 19 Chadwick Street, Lisborne Road, Belfast, Ireland
Enlistment date10 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night 24th/25th April 1918 during the counter attack in the vicinity of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. Prior to the attack he gave valuable assistance to the Officers who were detailed to lay the tape at the jumping off place. Private NEWELL assisted with a patrol sent to clear up the position, and after our own tape was laid he volunteered to patrol the ground for the Battalion on our right (2/BEDFORDS) and helped to lay their tape. All this work was carried out in semi-darkness and under machine gun fire. During and after the attack he gave valuable help in guiding parties to the front line, showing a fine example of cool courage which had an excellent effect on those near him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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