Benjamin Newton

We don't know when Ben first joined the army, but the Thetford &amo; Watton Times of 1st June 1918 carried the following article:

Mrs Newton, of No 2 The Row, Weeting, has received an official notification which informs her that Pte Ben Newton, Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been reported missing since March 21st or 24th. Mrs Newton will be grateful to any comrade who can furnish her with any information concerning her husband.

This was followed two week's later by:

Weeting Soldier Prisoner in Germany

After some weeks of suspense, having been officially notified that Pte Ben Newton was missing, Mrs Newton, The Row, Weeting, has heard from her husband. He reports himself a prisoner in Germany and unwounded.

After the Armistice, Ben was eventually repatriated through Dover on December 2nd 1918.

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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