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Newstead, F.L., Capt., 1916

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 16/10/1916

In Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme, France, is the Commonwealth War Grave of Captain Frederick Lisle Newstead, serving with the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, who died 06/08/1916.

Pauline Priano has submitted the following:-

Frederick Lisle Newstead was the eldest of 4 known children 3 sons and a daughter. 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 and baptised at Edmundbyers on July 31st 1892. His sister Elsie Ayton, was born January 27th 1894 at Blyth. 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.

Frederick Lisle Newstead was sent to boarding school at Alnmouth, educated also at Durham School and entered the University of Durham College of Medicine, October 3rd 1910. He was well known for playing football and golf for his college. During his studies he received a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers and gazetted to the 3rd Battalion Durham Light Infantry in 1912. He departed to the front September 20th 1914 attached to the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry of the Regular Army where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Having sustained an injury to the knee he was invalided home to England for recuperation in May 1915, having been raised through the ranks to Captain.

Captain Frederick Lisle Newstead returned to duty joining his regiment which had spent another miserable winter in the mud filled trenches of the Ypres salient in Belgium. In late July 1916 they were ordered to join the fighting on the Somme. Captain Frederick Lisle Newstead was killed in action, August 6th 1916 and interred at Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme, France, grave I. H. 17. Captain Newstead was 24 years of age and single. Martinsart, a small village near Albert, was close to the Allied lines, the cemetery was begun as of June 1916. Unusually the headstones are made from red Corsehill or Lochargriggs sandstone, rather than the more used Portland stone.

His father of Bridge Street, Blyth, Northumberland received his awards of the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Probate at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, April 27th 1917, effects in the sum of 169 pounds 8 shillings 1 pence to Harold Cyprian Reader solicitor captain Royal Garrison Artillery.

It should be noted the Probate Calendar lists the date of death as August 17th 1916 which differs from that of the CWGC.

Frederickís brother Basil Ralph Newstead served during WW1 with the Northumberland Fusiliers, George Walter was too young to enlist.

Frederickís 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.

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.

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

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 Godís safe keeping. Rest In Peace.

Morpeth Herald 25/08/1916 carries a brief obituary:
Capt. Frederick Lisle Newstead, who was killed in action August 7th, was the eldest son of Dr and Mrs Newstead, Blyth, and was 24 years of age. Educated at Alnmouth and Durham School, he entered the University of Durham College of Medicine. After studying medicine for three years, he received a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers, and was gazetted to the 3rd D.L.I. two years before the war broke out. He went to the front in September, 1914, and was attached to the D.L.I. and was promoted to Lieutenant. He was invalided home with an injury to his knee in May, 1915, with the rank of captain. Capt. Newstead was an all-round athlete, rowing for his school at Durham, and later playing football and golf for his college.

The Newcastle Daily Chronicle 12/08/1916 reports:

Dr George Newstead and Mrs. Newstead, of Blyth, have been notified that their eldest son Captain Frederick Lisle Newstead, of the D.L.I. has been killed in action.

He is remembered in Blyth on B42.14, B42.24, B42.34 and B42.43 and in Durham on D47.057 and D47.151 page 72 and at Edmundbyers on E70.01

The CWGC entry for Captain Newstead

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