b. 1889 Empingham, Rutland. d. 01/09/1984 East Grinstead, Sussex.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 10/10/1917 Harwich.
He joined the Royal Navy as a boy in 1903, earning 6d per week and served in both World Wars, although from 1923 to 1939 he had his own poultry farming business. He married his wife Alice in 1919 and they had a son and a daughter. Mrs Newman passed away in December 1973. He rejoined the Navy in 1939 and constructed anti-torpedo nets around the UK. He retired again from the Navy in 1948 aged 60. He had been awarded the Albert Medal for the following action in 1917.
He was 29 years old and serving in the Royal Navy when a fire alarm was sounded onboard HMS Tetrarch. Newman proceeded to the magazine as soon as he heard the alarm; seeing smoke issuing from a box of cordite, he opened the lid and passed the cartridges up to the upper deck, where they were thrown overboard. One cartridge in the middle of the box was very hot, and smoke was issuing from it. By his prompt action he saved the magazine from exploding, with the loss of many lives.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH.
BURIAL PLACE: SUSSEX/SURREY CREMATORIUM, CRAWLEY, SUSSEX.
Newman's medals on the National Maritime Museum's website as the medals are not currently displayed.