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Newstead, B.R., 1914-18 (1956)
Pauline Priano has submitted the following:-

Basil Ralph Newstead, one of 4 known children was the 2nd born of 3 sons and had an elder sister. His father George Newstead was born at Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. in 1867 and lived for a time with his parents William and Elizabeth at Whickham, birthplace of his mother, before they transferred to Elswick, a suburb of Newcastle by 1881 residing at 11, Belgrave Terrace, his father was a tea agent. By the age of 24 George Newstead was a qualified doctor, Batchelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, had left home and was living with and working for Gilbert Ward a General Practitioner, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of 4 Bridge Street, Blyth, Northumberland, as his locum.

George Newstead was married in Weardale, County Durham, to Martha Hall, in 1891. Martha was born in the district of Castle Ward, Northumberland, November 17th 1866. Frederick Lisle was born at Blyth in 1892 as was his sister Elsie Ayton, January 27th 1894. Their father George Newstead MD had joined the Navy by 1894 and served at Blyth Haven Sick Quarters. The family remained at Bridge Street, moving to number 14 by 1908 as their family had grown with the birth of Basil Ralph, June 29th 1898 and George Walter in 1903.

Basil Ralph Newstead served during WW1 with the 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, a Territorial Force, as a commissioned officer. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, April 7th 1916 and departed to join his regiment, September 7th 1916. The 5th battalion was, prior to its departure for the front, part of the Northumberland Brigade, Northumbrian Division, however upon its arrival in France in 1915 it was attached to the 149th Brigade, 50th Northumbrian Division. 2nd Lieutenant Newstead joined his regiment on the Somme seeing action at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, September 15th-22nd, Morval, September 25-28th and Le Transloy, October 1st-18th 1916. The battalion then moved to the Arras sector in action during the Battles of Arras, April 9th-May 16th 1917, at the First and Second Battles of the Scarpe and the capture of Wancourt Ridge, before moving to Ypres salient in Belgium participating during the Second Battle of Passchendaele, a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres, prior to which he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant, October 7th 1917. During 1918 they were in action at the Battle of St, Quentin, Actions on the Somme, Battle of Rosieres, Battle of Estaires, Battle of Hazelbrouck and the Battle of the Aisne. Before the Armistice, November 11th 1918, the 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers had been disbanded, November 6th 1918, having been reduced to cadre strength, July 15th. At the termination of the conflict Basil Ralph Newstead had risen to the rank of Captain. In the absence of a service record it is unknown if Captain Newstead was ever wounded, however a mention in the medal index card dated October 4th 1923 refers to the city of Cologne which post was occupied by the British Army until 1926 under the terms of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. Captain Basil Ralph Newstead was the recipient of the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Basil Ralph’s brother, Captain F. L. Newstead served during WW1 with the Durham Light Infantry, he was killed in action in 1916, George Walter was too young to enlist.

His father George Newstead MD of 14, Bridge Street, Blyth, Northumberland died May 3rd 1925, administration Newcastle-upon-Tyne, October 26th 1925 to widow Martha Newstead, effects in the sum of 809 pounds 12 shillings 10 pence. He is at rest within Blyth Links cemetery, Northumberland.

Basil Ralph Newstead married Elsie Bruce in 1932 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and died in 1956 aged 57-years, in Coventry, Warwickshire.

In 1939 Martha and Elsie, a chiropodist, were living together at Blyth. Martha Newstead nee Hall of 1, Ridley Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, died on her 85th birthday, November 17th 1951, probate January 29th 1952 to Elsie Ayton Newstead, spinster, in the sum of 8514 pounds 10 shillings 4 pence.

Elsie Ayton Newstead never married, however she travelled extensively to America and also Australia where her brother George Walter Newstead MD had settled and created a family. Elsie Ayton Newstead (82) of 37, Wensleydale Terrace, Blyth, Northumberland died December 8th 1977.

George Walter Newstead MD emigrated to Australia after the death of his father and was married to Bette Mary Linton, born at Perth, Western Australia. He was called up during WW2 stating his date of birth was August 5th 1905, thus differs from the BMD entry in the UK. Further details unknown.

In God’s safe keeping. Rest In Peace.

Basil Ralph Newstead is remembered at Blyth on B42.34 with his brother and father as having served

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