b. 19/08/1904 Chigwell, Essex. d. 26/04/1972 Sandwich, Kent.
Augustus Newman was educated at Bancroft's School, Essex. He was 37 years old and a lieutenant colonel in the The Essex Regiment (Territorial Army), British Army, attached to No. 2 Commando during the Second World War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the V.C.
On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St. Nazaire, France, Lieutenant Colonel Newman was in charge of the military forces and he was one of the first ashore, leading his men and directing operations quite regardless of his own safety. Under his inspiring leadership the troops fought magnificently and held vastly superior numbers of the enemy at bay until the demolition parties had done their work. The colonel then attempted to fight through into open country and not until all the ammunition was spent were he and his men overwhelmed and taken prisoner.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: BARHAM CREMATORIUM, KENT.
Augustus Newman's medals including his VC and OBE on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London (Aug 2014)
National Memorial Arboretum