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A Greta Fighting Family


For DiggerDave,

I came across a picture of the Mr and Mrs Newton, of Greta, in the Maitland district [sign in to see URL],I thought you may find interesting. They are seen with their five soldier sons.
"A splendid lot of men have gone from Maitland and surrounding districts"
(from the Sydney Mail, Wednesday, September 27, 1916.

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G'Day there, Geoff.
Nice image.
Any names of the five soldier sons?
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Sorry mate,

I knew you would ask me that question.
I am afraid the names were not contained.

I bet you wish I had not posted the image now

GS
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Geoff:
The following from my 'Hunter Valley Diggers of World War One' data base CD:
I can identify two of the sons from their address and NOK at time of enlistment.
It is a good chance that the other three brothers may also have been miners but married and living elsewhere.
The details I have for two of them are:
34TH INFANTRY BATTALION, #856, NEWTON, ALBERT, PRIVATE, 26, MINER, SINGLE, HIGH STREET,GRETA; NOK RICHARD NEWTON,FATHER, HIGH STREET, GRETA
31ST INFANTRY BATTALION, 4TH REINFORCEMENTS, #2387, NEWTON, DWARD, PRIVATE, 32, MINER, SINGLE, HIGH STREET, GRETA;
NOK RICHARD NEWTON, FATHER, HIGH STREET, GRETA.
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Very nice- I will keep an eye out for others like it for you

Geoff S
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The Newton Boys got the better of me and today I drove all the way up to Greta to check out the names on the Greta First World War memorial.
There are four Newtons listed on the memorial:
AB Newton, E Newton, ED Newton and H Newton.

Checking my data base I found the following details about two of the names which confirmed them as brothers.

856 Private Albert Newton
26 Single Miner, High Street, Greta
NOK: Richard Newton, Father, High Street, Greta
Enlisted: 04-01-16
Original Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Embarked: Sydney aboard A20, Hororata on 02-05-16
Final Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
RTA: 25-08-17

2387 Private Edward Newton
32 Single Miner, High Street, Greta
NOK: Richard Newton, Father, High Street, Greta
Enlisted: 16-11-15
Original Unit: 4th Reinforcements, 31st Infantry Battalion
Embarked: Melbourne aboard A68, Anchises 14-03-16
Final Unit: 1st Division Pioneers
RTA: 10-01-18

The E Newton could be the following Digger:
1600 Private Edward Thomas Newton
36 Miner Single Harrison Street, Smedmore
NOK: Mrs R Newton, Mother, Harrison Street, Smedmore
Enlisted: 07-09-14
Original Unit: 3rd Reinforcements 1st Infantry Battalion
Embarked: Sydney aboard A49, Seang Choon 11-02-15
Final Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
RTA: 16-10-16

and the H Newton could be:
2733 Private Henry Newton
28 single Miner of Old Greta
NOK: Mrs Maria Newton, Stepmother, Old Greta
Enlisted: 21-05-15
Original Unit: 8th Reinforcements 1st Infantry Battalion
Embarked: Sydney aboard A54, Runic 09-08-15
Final Unit: 5th Machine Gun Battalion
RTA: 19-10-18

I am thinking that one of the other five Newton brothers from Greta is:
857 Private Thomas Newton
33 Married Miner of Carrington Street, West Wallsend
NOK: Mrs Rose Mabel Newton, Wife, Carrington Street, West Wallsend
Enlisted: 12-02-16
Original Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Embarked: Sydney 02-05-16 aboard A20, Hororata
Final Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
RTA: 21-12-17

There was another Newton from the Hunter who was a coal miner Digger (and brother of Edward Thomas Newton, above):
856 Private Charles Robert Newton
34 Single Miner of Harrison Street, Smedmore
NOK: Son of Robina and the late Wlliam Sargison Newton, of Harrison Street, Smedmore, Newcastle, New South Wales.
Enlisted: 10-12-15
Original Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Embarked: Sydney aboard A24, Benalla 01-05-16
Final Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Died Of Wounds: Passchendaele 14-10-17
Buried: Belgium, Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinghe

I must admit to one and all that I am stumped on this one!
The newspaper said FIVE brothers; the Greta memorial lists FOUR Newtons, and I can only confirm TWO Newtons as being brothers from Greta.

Life is full of mysteries!

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Very interesting Dave,

I also wonder if the image was a bit [sign in to see URL]. 'touched up' Perhaps some of the men have been superimposed over the top of the picture for better effect?
Given the enlistment period I suppose the answer must be yes?

Geoff S

Hopefully the next one I supply you with will be more straight forward!
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Newton brothers Charles o/n 856 35th died [sign in to see URL].
Edward o/n 1600 RTA [sign in to see URL] .
Badly wounded.
They were my grandfather Joseph NEWTON of SMEDMORE NSW brothers.
I don't know the brothers ???
 
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Newton brothers Charles o/n 856 35th died [sign in to see URL].
Edward o/n 1600 RTA [sign in to see URL] .
Badly wounded.
They were my grandfather Joseph NEWTON of SMEDMORE NSW brothers.
I don't know the brothers ???
 
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Re: A Greta Fighting Family


Dear Searchers,

I too am very keen to find out more about these 5 names on the Greta War Memorial. It's very interesting reading the info that has been posted about these men and I am starting to think I'm on the wrong track with my (small amount of) research. I am from the Newton's in Maitland and from what bits I've found, there is an Edward J (possibly John) Newton, born Maitland 1885, married Agnes Maria Stewart Baker in 1918, died in Greta 1953. He had an older brother Albert Harvey Newton who died in 1940 (born Maitland 1873). He lived in Maitland though so still not sure if he fought in war. Beacon Newton was their father. The newspaper picture included on this forum is very interesting.
I'd love to hear of any further information about this.

Cheers,
KJN
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