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Rupert Henry David NEWTON

Regimental number5879
Place of birth187 Albany Rd, Petersham, New South Wales
SchoolCrystal Street School, Petersham
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressMilton 4 Merton Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ealleanora Harriett Newton, Milton 4 Merton Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Previous military service25th Infantry Scottish Rifles (7 years; still serving)
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateDied of disease 25 October 1918
Place of death or woundingDied at Wimmerause Hospital, France
Age at death29.1
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row J, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
83
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Agnes NEWTON; husband of Mrs E. NEWTON, 4 Merton Street, Stanmore, New South Wales. Native of Petersham, Sydney
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916, and promoted Voyage Only Corporal the same day; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916.

Promoted Extra Duty Pay Corporal, 22 November 1916.

Marched into 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 7 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 January 1917, and reverts to the rank of Private, the same day.

Taken on strength of 17th Bn, in the field, 19 February 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 7 March 1917 (haemorrhoids); transferred to No 3 General Hospital, Rouen, 11 March 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 13 March 1917; discharged to Base Details, 19 March 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 29 March 1917.

Rejoined 17th Bn, 8 May 1917.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 1 July 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 September 1917 (ulcer, right leg); transferred to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Boulogne, 20 September 1917; discharged, 4 January 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 7 January 1918.

Rejoined 17th Bn, 27 January 1918.

Admitted to No 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 31 January 1918 (septic right leg); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 31 January 1918; discharged, 27 February 1918; rejoined unit, 1 March 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 12 October 1918.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 14 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 14 October 1918.

Died, No 3 Australian General Hospital, 25 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, NEWTON Rupert Henry David

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