Reginald John Newberry

Name

Reginald John Newberry

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

09/08/1918
18

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Rifleman
R/45356
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Attached 6th Bn. London Regimen

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES
VI.J.1.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Reginald was the son of George & Annie Newberry of Meadowsleade, Stevenage. Although he was originally posted to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps he was, at the time of his death, serving with the 6th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment. He was one of seven brothers who were serving, of which two others Maurice and Bertram also lost their lives.

Wartime Service

On the 9th August 1918 the Battalion were at La Houssoye in the Somme sector. They were ordered to take a position named Chipilly Ridge, which involved the capture of a small track running along near the crest of the ridge. Three Tanks were to be employed in support of the assault and at 4.15pm the Battalion moved off to commence the attack. As they rounded the edge of Celestines Wood they came under very heavy machine gun fire from both the South-western corner of the wood and the crest of Chipilly Ridge. Very heavy casualties were sustained and it was only the use of both the Tanks and heavy machine guns that helped to prevent the attack from becoming a complete disaster. However, the Battalion suffered heavily with 12 Officers and 308 Other Ranks either killed, wounded or missing. Reginald Newberry was amongst those who lost their lives on this day and he is buried in the Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson