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Ralph John Newton

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  • Service number
    WWI 11/1048 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Trooper AWMM
    Wellington Mounted Rifles AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright res … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ralph John AWMM
  • Surname
    Newton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1048 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Hunterville, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Hunterville, Rangitikei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Stanley Road, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Annie Margaret Newton (mother), Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 Feb 1915 Single/WWI AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1048 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 14 Feb 1915-26 March 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 19 AWMM
    Vessel was Aparima AWMM
    Trooper AWMM
    Wellington Mounted Rifles AWMM
    3rd Reinforcements AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Trooper AWMM
    Wellington Mounted Rifles AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Ralph John and Annie Margaret Newton of Childers Road, Gisborne.

    The letters written by Trooper Newton include reference to the voyage on board SS Aparima in February 1915. Also mentions food: porridge, steak, stew, potatoes, bread, nak, butter, pickles roast beef, cabbage, rice and plum duff, mince, spuds, rhubarb, tripe. On board were horses which Newton fed and watered, mucked out the stables, fed hay and feed to 480 horses. Groomed, washed them with salt water and exercised them, buried horses at sea. Mentions the Mess, the captain, the parson, church service, Albany (Western Australia). Average speed of ship was 10 miles an hour. Rain gathered in buckets on deck. Asked for books or magazines, socks, censorship, seasickness.

    He included the following riddle which he copied from a notice in the Mess: 'The pickles for Monday's tea were kept for the cold meat on Tuesday, but Tuesday's cold meat was eaten on Monday so the pickles were kept for Thursday which was a jam day. Thursday's jam was served out on Wednesday so the tea for Friday was bread and butter. By the same reasoning find out how much cake would be consumed per man at Saturday's tea if Sunday's cheese was consumed along with Wednesday's pickles and Friday's jam was mixed with the porridge on Thursday's breakfast.'

    Newton describes seeing the Emden that ran ashore off Keeling Island as a result of the attack by the HMS Sydney and included a drawing of the funnels. Described flying fish, dolphins, crossing the line, funeral of one of the soldiers on board Warrimmo. Also the funeral of a soldier on board Tahiti in March 1915 in the vicinity of Colombo. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
  • Date of death
    27 August 1915 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
  • Death notes
    Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey AWMM
  • Memorial reference
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