Arthur Newman, died as a prisoner of war

Arthur was born in 1891 the son of George and Charlotte Eliza Newman (nee Antlett) of Rose Cottages, Culmer, Witley. Arthur volunteered early in the war and went to France in 1915.

On 22 April 1917 Arthur and his battalion took part in an attack on the Hindenburg Line. Support was to be provided by two tanks and reinforcements were expected from 98th Brigade 90 minutes after the attack began. After an artillery barrage the men advanced but the tanks did not arrive. The men reached the first line but could not advance further due to German counter-attacks and the wire not being cut by the barrage. There were so many wounded men in the trenches supplies could not be delivered to the men in the front line. The reinforcements did not arrive until the next day and German counter-attacks continued. At 8pm the attack was deemed to have failed so the order was given to withdraw.   Two officers were killed, three wounded and eight missing with 26 other ranks killed, 101 wounded and 308 missing. Arthur was reported missing but another soldier who was taken prisoner wrote home from Germany that Arthur was wounded, taken prisoner and died in Germany in May 1917. Perhaps the identity of Arthur’s grave was lost later and that is why he is on the Arras Memorial. Arthur was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Share This:

Leave a Comment