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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- William John Newbury (or Newbery, or Newberry) -

Unknown person Name : William John Newbury (or Newbery or Newberry).

Son of John Newbury and Sarah Miriam Newbury (née Pitman).

Born 4 June 1872, Sandown, Isle of Wight.
  Census Information :

1881 : John and Sarah Newbury, with their children including William aged 9, are at 7 Albert Cottage, Brading. John Newbury is a Brickmaker.

1891 : John and Sarah Newbury, with their children including William aged 18, are at Arora Cottage, Avenue Road, Sandown. John Newbury is a Local Board Carter, William Newbury is a Gardener.

1901 : William Newbury, aged 28, single, is a 2nd ship's cook on HMS Surprise in Malta.

1911 : William Newbury, aged 38, single, is a Chief ship's cook on HMS Lord Nelson, in the North Sea.

  Service details :

Ship's Chief Cook 165257 William John Newbury (or Newbery), HMS Hawke, Royal Navy

CWGC Record ...

  Date of Death : 15 October 1914 aged 42

Commemorated at : Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Sandown War Memorial
Sandown, St John's Church War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
  Further Information

At the start of the First World War William Newbury was a Naval pensioner and was called up for active service. On 15th October 1914 he was serving on H.M.S. Hawke in the North Sea when it was torpedoed by the German submarine U-9 - the same submarine that had sunk H.M.S. Aboukir a few weeks earlier. HMS Hawke sank in a few minutes, her Captain, 26 officers and 500 men were lost. Only four officers and 60 men survived. He left effects to the value of £116 12s., with probate granted to his sister, Elizabeth Florence O'Hare.

His nephew, Henry Michael O'Hare, and his cousin's son George Frederick Holbrook, are also commemorated on Sandown War Memorial.
  Documents and newspaper cuttings :


Saturday, October 24, 1914 Page 5

Among the crew of H.M.S. Hawke, sunk by a submarine in the North Sea on October 15th, was Mr. William John Newberry, son of the late John Newberry, and of Sarah Newberry, of North-street, Sandown.

  Links :

Wikipedia entry for HMS Hawke

Thanks to Janet Griffin for research
Page last updated : 20 September 2012


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