b. 03/08/1889 India. d. 18/12/1943 Hong Kong.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 10/07 - 18/12/1943 Hong Kong.
Newham was born on 3 August 1889 in India. He was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Tristram H. Newnham and his wife, Ekaterina.
Newnham was first deployed to France to join the British Expeditionary Force as a Captain with the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) in August 1915. On 5 February 1916 he was appointed as the Brigade Major, 169th (Infantry) Brigade, 56th (London) Division, Territorial Force, holding the post through the severe fighting of the Somme Offensive of 1916 and the Arras Offensive of 1917, until relinquishing it on 27 May 1917. He then served for five months as General Staff Officer 2nd Class at the New Zealand Divisional Headquarters. On 1 January 1917 Captain Newnham was awarded the Military Cross for service during the First World War. He ended the war with the rank of temporary Brigadier-General. On 7 January 1918 he married Phillys Edith Henderson at St. Mary's Church, Finchely, Middlesex, England.
He was 54 years old and serving in the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own). When the Japanese invaded Hong Kong in December 1941, he became a prisoner of war. While in captivity he managed with a numbers of others, including Captain Douglas Ford GC, to make contact with British agents. They were arranging a scheme for a mass break-out when on 10th July they were betrayed by Bashir Ahmed and arrested. Both men were interrogated, starved. tortured and finally sentenced to death in an endeavour to make them talk, but they refused to give up any information. They were both shot on 18th December 1943.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY, HONG KONG.
Newnham's medals on the Imperial War Museum website. They were not displayed in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in December 2014.
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst Chapel Memorial to Lanceray Newnham GC, MC (Thomas Stewart).
British War Graves