Cyril Arnell Newman

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 28/04/1917
Age 24
Regiment/Service North Staffordshire Regiment 9th Battalion
Cemetery Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. This is located 15 kms north-west of Arras, France.  From March 1916 to the Armistice, Aubigny was held by Commonwealth troops and burials were made in the extension until September 1918. The 42nd Casualty Clearing Station buried in it in the whole period, the 30th in 1916 and 1917, the 24th and 1st Canadian in 1917 and the 57th in 1918.  

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Cyril was born in early 1894 to Gerard Riley Newman (1848-1913), a stockbroker, and his wife Ada (1862-1936). He had two brothers, Gerard (1891-1967), who was baptised in St Paul's on 23rd May 1891, and Arthur (1903-1981), who was also baptised in St Paul's on 19th April 1903.

Gerald was baptised in St Paul's on 5th May 1894, with the family's address being recorded in the baptism reglster as Fernbank, Lichfield Grove, Finchley. The 1901 census reveals their address as 63 Lichfield Grove. Parish records indicate that the parents contributed money to the church's East End Window Appeal - with Gerald giving £5 on 7th October 1902 and Ada £5 5s on 26th November 1902. In 1903 the family were living at Elm Croft, Hendon Lane, Finchley. At the time of the 1911 census they resided at Monforte, Long Lane, Finchley, and Cyril was employed as a bank clerk.

Church records indicate that Cyril's father, Gerald, was at the time of his death, a churchwarden at St Paul's. A special vestry meeting took place on 5th November 1913 to elect his successor. The minutes of the meeting record how Gerald was 'devoted and did enthusiastic work as warden and sidesman for many years'. His successor was Gordon Cope, whose own son, also named Gordon, is listed on the St Paul's Ist World War memorial.

On the outbreak of war in August 1914, Cyril enlisted with the Queen's Westminster Rifles. He was posted to the Western Front on 20nd February 1915. Following the Battle of Hooge at the end of July 1915, he was invalided home. He acquired a commission in the North Staffordshire Regiment and became a 2nd Lieutenant on 12th October 1915. Cyril returned to active service on the Western Front in July 1916 and saw action during the Battle of the Somme. On a brief visit home in March 1917, he married Ragnhild Torp (1892-1976) in St Paul's, before returning to the front line. He died of wounds received at Gavrelle during the Battle of Arras on 28 April 1917. His estate was valued at £187 10s, which was left to his widow.