Edward John Newell was born in Weeting in 1894, younger brother to Harry. The 1911 census records him living with his parents, James and Eliza, at 10 Weeting Row.

In September 1914 he left his job as a gardener and enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment on September 5th.

Three days later he was transferred to the 10th Service Battallion of the Essex Regiment

In December he started to cough and spit. He reported sick in January 1915 and spent three to four weeks in Colchester Military Hospital, after wich he was sent home pending discharge.

He was formally discharged on 12th February 1915 as not likely to become an efficient soldier on medical grounds. It would appear that Edward suffered from chronic bronchitis and disordered action of the heart. Both of these conditions had been aggravated by the conditions experienced during training.

Edward was awarded the Silver War Badge: Silver War Badge

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