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