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Name Percy Holyoake Neller Newton
Date/Place of Birth 12 Jul 1895 / 107 Bemerton St, Islington, Middx
Parents' Names Tanner Flynn Newton; Esther (nee Elliott)
Father's Occupation/Location Leather Salesman; Willesden
Father's Death/Incapacity Accidental
Admitted to AO 3 Jan 1906 (Aged 10)
Admission No 5814
Left OWS&AO 22 Jul 1909 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Baker's Assistant; 49 Chaplin Rd, Willesden Green
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 5/16
Battalion/Regiment 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Killed/Death 22 Mar 1915 (Aged 19)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Belgium; Ploegsteert Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 10
Campaign Medals 1914/15 Star; Victory Medal; British War Medal
Percy Holyoake Neller was born to Tanner and Esther Newton on 12 July 1895 at Islington in London. His father lost his life in an accident in 1904, leaving his widow to look after five children including a new-born. On 3 Jan 1906, Percy was admitted to the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage, aged 10. He remained at the School until he reached the age of fourteen in July 1909. The 1911 Census shows Percy living with his mother and younger sister, and working as a Bakerís Assistant. At the outbreak of War, Percy volunteered for military service and joined 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Soon after enlistment, he was transferred to 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own). Rifleman Newton was despatched to serve in France and Flanders on or around 27 November 1914. He died on 22 March 1915, four months before his twentieth birthday. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, near Ieper (formerly Ypres) in Belgium, along with 11,000 United Kingdom and South African servicemen who perished nearby and have no known grave.
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