1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45
In Memory of
Private 12265
9th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died on Tuesday, 19th October 1915.
Age 18
War Graves
            Casualty_Details :       1765661
Personal Information

Date of birth 5th March 1898.

Son of Frederick and Emily Newman, of Brookfield Cottages, Duck End Road, Rayne. They were married at All Saints on 13th July 1889. It is likely that Frederick had died before the war. His mother, whose maiden name was Savill, was a silk weaver, and Frederick a gardener.

School record says Edward was father and lived Rayne Hall Green but 1901 census clearly shows Frederick and Emily, with their children Albert, Nellie and Charles. Later additions to the family were Frederick, William, Violet, Joseph and Dorothy. The oldest sibling was Amy, born in 1891, but she died in 1892 aged 7 months. Charles went to Rayne School, being admitted on 1st December 1904, leaving on 10th March 1911 to work on a farm, later becoming an errand boy.

In 1911, Charles was living with Susannah Savill, her sister Mary, and Charles brother Frederick. Susannah and Mary were the aunts of Charles and Frederick. However, his parents Frederick and Emily were still in Rayne at Rayne Hall Green.

The Newman family consisted of Frederick and Emily, and children Albert, Nellie, Charles, Frederick, William, Violet, Joseph and Dorothy

Charles enlisted in Chelmsford. Went to France 30th May 1915.

Memorial: Grave
Reference/Panel Number:

LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France Panel 85 to 87

Loos-en-Gohelle is a village about 5 kilometres north-west of Lens. The Loos Memorial forms the side and back of Dud Corner Cemetery where over 1,700 officers and men are buried, the great majority of whom fell in the Battle of Loos. Dud Corner Cemetery, which stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle, is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, on the N43, the main Lens to Bethune road. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, and who have no known grave. It covers the period from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the date of the Armistice. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Theatre of War

Yet another Rayne casualty during the Battle of Loos.

Private Newman died whilst the battalion was in billets at Vermelles railway station waiting to go up to the front line trenches. The station came under heavy German shell fire during the night of 10th October. Aged 18 he was the youngest of the men from Rayne to die in the War.